Three seperate postings today to cover the weekend and today, as today's is a serious one.
This morning a colleage of mine found an odd ladybird in the office and gave it to me to look at. Immediately I though it was a Harlequin Ladybird, and indeed after doing some detective work, it was. Other colleages apparently saw some on Friday here in the NHU.
Having arrived in Britain in 2004, this species is making rapid movement west and north. This is the first one I've ever seen and is not good news for the native Ladybird, as this species is a potential threat to the native 46 species of Coccinellidae.
Harmonia axynidis spectabilis - if you see one please report it to harlequin-survey.com (sorry the photo is poor, my digital camer isn't great at macro)