The Harlequin Ladybird varies from yellow to orange to red and the number of spots it has is variable.
Originally from East Asia, it is now an invasive species on four continents and can be recognized by the white cheeks and the black “M” on its face.
It competes with local species for food and potentially causes disastrous, far-reaching ecological cascade effects.
Some people are allergic to its secretions and can be severely toxic to pets.
IT BITES!!!!!!!!! Unlike other ladybirds which are harmless.
These ladybirds adversely affects wine-making, potentially causing large financial losses.
They have been identified in South Africa from 2001.
It is an almost indiscriminate predator of soft-bodied arthropods.