PHOTOGRAPHS FROM FIELD CLUB EVENTS
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Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara © Tom Miniter
Fly agaric Oyster catcher & Herring gull Euonymus europaeus
Deroceras species Cepaea hortensis Broom moth
Field Club meeting Asplenium adiantum nigrum Allium ursinum
Aira praecox Taraxacum Section Celtica Rosa agrestis
Pinus nigra ssp maritima Lichens on Hypnum Xanthoria parientina
Chortippus brunneus (Field Grasshopper) Dolycoris baccarum (Hairy Shieldbug)
Old Red Sandstone Robert Lloyd Patterson Geranium sanguineum
DNFC's Position on Marsh Fritillary Records Information
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Declan Doogue and Sylvia Reynolds, past Presidents of the Field Club and Vice County Recorders for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, were appointed Honorary Research Fellows of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Photograph from left to right: Peter Wyse Jackson, Sylvia Reynolds, Declan Doogue, Matthew Jebb
The Harlequin Ladybird
News Update from The Harlequin Ladybird Survey website (UK)
are there very large numbers of ladybirds this autumn?
They are likely to be harlequin ladybirds, an alien species that is spreading fast in the UK. Harlequins are active later in the year than most other ladybird species. In autumn they gather in large groups at overwintering sites, which are often in or on buildings. They leave chemical traces that attract others of the same species to that spot. They do not normally breed indoors and should leave buildings in the spring.
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The Harlequin has been reported from Co Down and breeding populations reports from Cos Carlow and Cork.
three common colour variants of the Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)
You can view information by Roy Andersonon identification
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the most invasive ladybird on Earth.
A new ladybird arrived in Britain in the summer of 2004 called the Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)
It is also known as the Multicoloured Asian Ladybird and the Halloween Ladybird.
It has already invaded much of northwestern Europe
It was introduced to North America in 1988, and is now the most widespread ladybird species on that continent.
harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) has a very variable appearance!
most common forms in the UK are
orange with 15-21 black spots and black with two or four orange or red spots
The Harlequin ladybirds are most commonly found on deciduous trees, such as lime, sycamore and maple, and on low growing plants such as nettles. They will also inhabit reedbeds, coniferous woodland and crop systems.
Harlequin ladybirds feed most commonly on aphids, but also feed on scale insects, adelgids, eggs and larvae of butterflies and moths, many other small insects, including other ladybirds, pollen, nectar, and sugary fluids, including honeydew and the juice from ripe fruits.*
information on Recognition and Distinction etc. please visit
The Harlequin Ladybird survey web site (UK) =>>
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