Since the Irish Wildlife Trust Ladybird Survey began this year they have been greeted with enthusiasm and interest from the general public in ladybirds and their conservation.

However, they still require assistance, especially with reliable records of the invasive harlequin ladybird (pictured above). Records for this species so far have not been conclusive and the Irish Wildlife Trust is asking that if you see this ladybird (and other ladybird species) it is important to take a photo for verification.

Photos of the Harlequin Ladybird are on the IWT Ladybird Facebook page and www.biology.ie.

The Harlequin is a large ladybird between 6 and 8mm. It has two common forms - as shown in the photos above. If you spot a Harlequin take a photo and download it on the website www.biology.ie or send it to [email protected]

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