Saturday 18 March 2017


Harmonia axyridis, most commonly known as the harlequin, multicoloured Asian, or simply Asian ladybeetle, is a large coccinellid beetle. This is one of the most variable species in the world, with an exceptionally wide range of colour forms. It is native to eastern Asia, but has been artificially introduced to North America and Europe to control aphids and scale insects. It is now common, well known, and spreading in those regions, and has also established in South Africa and widely across South America.

This species is conspicuous in North America where it may locally be known as the Halloween ladybeetle. It earns this name as it often invades homes during October, in order to prepare for overwintering.In Japan, it is not generally distinguished from the seven-spot ladybird which is also common there. When the species first arrived in the UK, it was labelled in jest as the "many-named ladybird" due to the great quantity of vernacular names. Among those already listed other names include multivariate, southern, Japanese, and pumpkin ladybird.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme.
and also part of the part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the part of the Camera Critters meme.


  1. This ladybug specie is not welcome to my country (Norway), but a few have been detected the last years...

  2. Hello, the ladybugs are so cute. Great photos. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

  3. Lovely shots of the ladybugs ~ thanks,

    Happy Week ahead to you ~ ^_^