Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) was spotted twice in Ireland during the month of November. In 2007, the species was listed on Ireland's most unwanted potential invader. The harlequin ladybird varies in color and number of spots, is 6-8mm long, has brownish-red legs, and has a distinctive M or W on the back of its head. This invasive species has the potential of declining or extincting Ireland's native ladybird species. Click here to read more about the harlequin ladybird and to see what you can do.