Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis (Pallas, 1773)
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This Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) represents the first Nottinghamshire record. After predicting it's likely appearance in the county back in 2005, we spent many hours casually searching and hoping, eventually being surprised by finding Nottinghamshire's first on Penny Pasture Common, Eakring Meadows on 29/07/06. This is a large species and markings vary considerably, with several common colour forms although real aberrant adults away from known colour forms are rare.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Harmonia axyridis
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Pauline Bradford. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Martin Warne. Wil Heeney. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Darren Matthews. Meg Skinner. Wil Heeney. Sean Tobin. Liam Andrews. David Shaw.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated February 2017

 
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