A Field Guide to Harlequins and Other Common Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland

A Field Guide to Harlequins and Other Common Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland

  • Ground-breaking quick key for harlequin identification
  • Nearly 400 stunning colour photographs
  • Photographic guide to the larvae of all 26 conspicuous ladybird species
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Tags:
  • beetle
  • coleoptera
  • Coming Soon
  • entomology
  • harlequin
  • identification
  • insects
  • invertebrates
  • ladybird

Description

The invasive Harlequin ladybird is an eye-catching and beautiful species, but it can be very difficult to identify, with huge variation in colouration and pattern. This comprehensive photographic field guide is the first complete guide to identifying Harlequins and all the other 25 conspicuous ladybird species found in Britain and Ireland.

- Detailed, informative and beautifully illustrated with nearly 400 remarkable colour photographs including ladybird developmental time sequences and numerous images of each ladybird species

- Ground-breaking quick key for Harlequin identification

- Includes a photographic guide to the larvae of all 26 species – the first of its kind

- Easy to follow comprehensive descriptions and explanations of ladybird lifecycles and habits

This clear, user-friendly field guide is ideal for anyone interested in learning how to identify a Harlequin ladybird, from beginners to more experienced entomologists, students and ecologists. This book is ideal for learning to recognise and understand this charismatic and significant beetle.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
The harlequin ladybird
-Where and when to find harlequin ladybirds
Characteristics of a ladybird
The life cycle of a ladybird
-Eggs
-Larvae
-Pupae
-Adult ladybirds
Protection, predation and parasites
Food

How to recognise a harlequin ladybird
1. Introduction to harlequin colour forms
2. Only harlequins have two ‘shoulder spots’ close together
3. Harlequins NEVER have white ‘angel wings’
4. Harlequins are 5–8 millimetres long
5. The only black ladybird that has full, round white ‘cheeks’ is the harlequin
6. The harlequin’s pronotum is always black and white/cream
7. The harlequin’s pronotum markings
8. Harlequin spots and patterns
9. Harlequins do NOT have white spots on their wing cases
10. Harlequin leg colour
11. Harlequin underside colour
12. Key to identifying whether or not a ladybird is a harlequin

Conspicuous ladybirds of the British Isles
Other harlequins
How to record your sightings
References and further reading
Glossary
Photographic credits
Index of non-harlequin photos

Reviews

  • This will provide a fantastic start for those who are new to observing ladybirds, but will also prove insightful for more experienced recorders.
    —Helen Roy and Peter Brown

Bibliographic Information

  • 120 pages pages
  • 370 colour photographs
  • BISAC SCI070020, NAT017000, 1.1.0.0.0.0.0
  • BIC PSVT, PSVT7, WNCN, 1DB