The harlequin ladybird or Asian lady beetle. Originally from eastern Asia. They are now becoming a problem in the Britain. They form swarms in sunlight areas
Varied colours, red, black, yellow, orange, common colours, orange or black with two red spots
5.5mm - 8.5mm in size
Female can lay over 1000 eggs, Black and orange larvae
The harlequin ladybirds and their larvae, will eat on aphids and other small insects
The harlequin ladybird will live on trees and plants, but over the winter, will congregate in buildings, usually on the south side
Reason for control
Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.
Detecting an infestation