Most northerly record received to date
Guest blog from Dr Helen Roy of the UK Ladybird Survey
|The first confirmed Harlequin ladybird in Shetland - (c) Elizabeth Wark|
There are 47 species of ladybird resident in Britain but these are rarely seen on Shetland. Indeed there have only been a scattering of sightings of a few common species. The Shetland Biological Records Centre has only 9 other ladybird records of 5 different species, which include a possible (but not confirmed) sighting of a Harlequin in 2009.
Paul Harvey of the Shetland Biological Records Centre told us, “We know there will be plenty more records out there as ladybirds tend to look a little out of place in Shetland, so please let us know if you’ve ever seen one and if you have photos, even better!”
The arrival of the Harlequin ladybird on the Shetland Islands was perhaps inevitable. This record again highlights the importance of volunteer recorders in tracking the spread of invasive alien species. Their commitment to the UK Ladybird Survey is inspirational!
Dr Helen Roy