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Old Saturday 10th November 2018, 18:46   #1
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Every Winter (NE.London) Ladybirds hibernate in opposite corners of my bedroom Lintle/cornice.....thought the ratios of Harlequin to other types might be of interest?

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Old Sunday 11th November 2018, 06:01   #2
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They are all Harlequins from what I can see!
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I have to assume that the black based with red spots indicate age/gender, had assumed that the coventional red based with black spots were of a different type, whilst acknowledging that (this) latter type are different to the Ladybirds of my youth?

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They are all adult (once it looks like an ladybird, it's an adult, though newly emerged may not show all the pattern for some hours after emerging from a pupa) + the colour patterns you observe are not age or gender related. It's a very variable species with 3 named forms in the UK- succinea for the spotty ones on an orange background + 2 melanic forms: spectabilis with 4 red spots on black + cospicua with 2 red spots (usually with black eyes) on black elytra.

You wouldn't have seen any of these in the UK in your youth!
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They are all adult (once it looks like an ladybird, it's an adult, though newly emerged may not show all the pattern for some hours after emerging from a pupa) + the colour patterns you observe are not age or gender related. It's a very variable species with 3 named forms in the UK- succinea for the spotty ones on an orange background + 2 melanic forms: spectabilis with 4 red spots on black + cospicua with 2 red spots (usually with black eyes) on black elytra.

You wouldn't have seen any of these in the UK in your youth!
When I was a Lad.....time stood still! :)
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I'm given to understand that the rule of thumb is that any ladybird trying to hibernate indoors is a Harlequin - but how reliable is this?
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