BBC Radio 4 Today Winter Ladybird Survey

Ladybirds are inactive in the winter months, they overwinter in cracks and crevices, under bark, in hollow plant stems and in piles of leaves. A recent arrival to the UK is the Asian Harlequin ladybird – this can often be found in our homes, around window frames, or in sheds and garages. We are interested in find out where else they may be found in the winter.
If you see any ladybirds in the last two weeks of December, please let us know. Send us your sighting using the form below.

Apart from Harlequin ladybirds, the other two species you are most likely to encounter are the Seven-spot and Two-spot ladybirds.

This survey closes at midnight on 27th December 2019 and results will be discussed on the Today Programme on Monday 30th December 2019 guest edited by Greta Thunberg.

Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

A non-native species originating from Asia, the Harlequin ladybird is having a negative impact on our wildlife. Harlequin ladybirds vary in colour and number of spots.

Seven-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata)

Seven-spot ladybirds have red wing cases with seven black spots.

7-spot ladybird (Coccinella 7 punctata) (c) Ed Phillips

Two-spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata)

The most common form of the Two-spot ladybird has red wing cases with two black spots. However they do come in different forms including black wing cases with two red spots. There is increasing evidence that Two-spot ladybirds have declined rapidly in recent years.

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