The most northerly record of the harlequin ladybird (Col., Coccinellidae) in the British Isles.

TitleThe most northerly record of the harlequin ladybird (Col., Coccinellidae) in the British Isles.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsRibbands, B, Brown, PMJ, Roy, HE, Majerus, MEN
JournalEntomologist's Monthly Magazine
Volume145
Issue1736-38
Pagination43-44
Date Published2009
Abstract

The rapid spread of the harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis in the British Isles has been closely monitored and well-documented. Until autumn 2007, the most northerly British record of the harlequin ladybird was in Count Durham, but in October 2007 the first verified record for Scotland was received. Now a Scottish record has been confirmed, surprisingly, in the extreme north. The single harlequin ladybird was found at Midhouse, Holm, Orkney. It is thought to have arrived on fruit or vegetables that were almost certainly imported into Orkney from the mainland (all fruit and most vegetables on sale in Orkney at that time of year were imported). Aside from being the most northerly record of the harlequin ladybird in the British Isles, the Orkney record is the thought to be the second most northerly in Europe, the most northerly record being from Oslo, Norway. Both Scottish records of the harlequin are almost certainly a result of human transportation, as is the Northern Irish record.

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