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Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:12 pm
halyzia 16 guttata, (orange 16 spot ladybird) found today at anglezarke on a stone wall. I think these are quite uncommon from what i can find out. does anyone know if they have been recorded round here before
halyzia 16 guttata
Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:50 pm
I certainly have never had a record of one. In "Wildlife of Lancashire" one is illustrated (P253) but the text gives no indication about its status locally. I assume it must occur. It seems it is one of the few Ladybirds which feed on mildews rather than aphids. You learn a little every day it seems!
shows a photo of one recorded in Bolton
http://www.lakelandwildlife.co.uk/templ ... ageID=pic1
reports it as becoming more common in Cumbria
http://126.96.36.199/UKladybirds/speci ... 55%2060301
states that it is becoming more common
I also found one
Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:19 am
I found one as well up at Roddlesworth Reservoir looking for the long tailed duck. It just appeared in the eyepiece of my binoculars when I wasn't looking.
I have put up a photo in my insects gallery
Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:58 pm
I'm not sure I was aware of this Ladybird before this thread started. However, according to Weather Eye in the Times today, it is the only wildlife with any success at predicting winters. Apparently, if it hibernates by burying itself in leaf litter on the ground, the winter will be cold. But if it shelters in crevices on tree trunks, the winter will be mild. So come on Tony and Jack, where did you see them, what were they doing? We need to know!
Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:34 pm
seen in the beech woodland next to Upper Roddlesworth Reservoir where the long tailed duck was. It was a dull overcast day and the woods were damp. The wood was quite dense with little sunlight getting in. Hope this helps
Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:23 pm
unfortunately i didnt have my camera as i was taking my mum out, but the ladybird was walking along a stone wall across the road from the reservoir at the bottom of the steep hill up to the viewpoint, quite a sunny afternoon.