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

Author
Ribbands B.
Brown Peter M. J.
Roy Helen E.
Majerus Michael E. N.
Abstract

<p>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.</p>

Year of Publication
2009
Journal
Entomologist's Monthly Magazine
Volume
145
Issue
1736-38
Number of Pages
43-44
Date Published
2009
Short Title
Entomologist's Monthly Magazine
Scheme
Research themes