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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

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.