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Posted by victoria howells (U14643868) on Monday, 11th October 2010
Does any one else suffer from an invasion of ladybirds, I live in an oast House in East Sussex and it seems in the last week we have become over run with them in all the windows , this happened last year but there seem to be even more this year and we have every possible colour combination!!
Posted by PatHod (U14209975) on Monday, 11th October 2010
Yes from time to time it happens.
I wouldn't use the word "suffer" however. There are worse things in life.
Posted by Torsie (U14645193) on Tuesday, 12th October 2010
Hi, I have had the same problem, I have noticed this before and I know other friends who have had this. There seem to be literally thousands of them in my windows!
Posted by Liz_Bauer (U2468801) on Tuesday, 12th October 2010
I think you'll find they are harlequin ladybirds. CP has tweeted that his bedroom is overrun with them but no other room apparently. This is the case with us. Harlequin's aren't the nice liitle native ladybirds, according to SW last year though.
Posted by victoria howells (U14643868) on Wednesday, 13th October 2010
A would actually like to stick to the word suffer as we seem to have thousands. Every upstairs window is affected and they can give off a nasty smell.
Posted by Nellie (U14639914) on Wednesday, 13th October 2010
Here in the Netherlands I also noticed a lot of ladybirds in our garden. They also invaded the windows and the wall of our house. I like the little creatures, but now it is a bit too much! Does this mean that next spring there will be lots of them too? They hide under leaves and plants and can survive in winter?
Posted by a07899 (U14639601) on Thursday, 14th October 2010
see the main page of the Nature UK site, there is, at the bottom, an article and identification guide all about ladybirds (bugs).
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Posted by cat_01 (U14546444) on Thursday, 14th October 2010
I was visiting my parents in Somerset at the weekend and my bedroom windows were covered with them. Having checked the identification aid on the link in this site they were definitely Halequin Ladybirds. This is the first year I have ever seen this.
Posted by rimo (U14482130) on Sunday, 17th October 2010
Any ladybirds aggregating in large numbers indoors at this time of year are likely to be Harlequins, although the native 2-spot will also come indoors to overwinter. Have a look at www.harlequin-survey.org.uk for more info and to record your sightings
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