Harlequin Ladybird Bugs In London’s Chelsea – And Clapham – “They Have Been Finding Masses Of These Bugs Since – 2004…!”
Photos Main: Harlequins – Eating our own -
2011 June 11 – This is no friendly addition to London’s insect-life. Experts predict it may destroy the domestic species within a few years as it has done already in the United States and north-western Europe.
‘European Countries Deliberately Released Harlequin Bugs As Biological Control.’ By chance; Not in the UK – In Europe It Quickly Escaped.
1988: “North America Introduced The ‘Harlequin’ Where Its Now The Most Widespread Ladybird Species On The Continent.”
Large numbers cluster in homes. Adults can live for two – To three years. One single female lays over 1,000 eggs which accounts for why the Harlequin occurs in such vast numbers.
‘NO’ SONGBIRDS – ASK RSPB…? - ‘NO’ SONGBIRDS – ASK Britain’s RSPB…?
“It’s The Most Invasive Ladybird On Earth – Spreading At A Rate Of ‘100’ km A Year.”
A BUG PROBLEM – Our Ladybirds Wiped Out By Invader: Daily Mirror – 2012 February 12th.
Vicious foreign ladybirds are taking over gardens across the country and wiping out our native bugs. Harlequins measuring up to quarter of an inch have already caused seven out of eight native species to go into rapid decline.
‘The Foreign Invaders Enter Homes – In Their Tens Of Thousands In Autumn And – Bite People – Often Causing An Allergic Reaction.’
“With A Longer Breeding Season Than British Ladybirds And With A Ravenous Aphid Appetite They Are Out Of Control Across Parts Of – The UK.”
A survey found only the large seven spot ladybird has withstood the march of the Harlequin. Studies show strong evidence of a link between the arrival of the Harlequin and declines in other species. In the insect world ladybirds are as iconic as panda bears.
The arrival of the Harlequin impacts on ecosystems and diminish the vital service that ladybirds deliver. Once here the lethal killers eat the eggs, larva and pupae of other insects to establish their dominance.
Britain Has (HAD?) 48 – 50 Species Of Ladybird. Over ‘2000’ Species Of Moth. Did Have…? – 2011 March 12th.
2010: Britain’s Ladybird Numbers Are Declining. More than a ‘fifth’ of species in Britain and Ireland have decreased – Over The Past ’20’ Years… Including the popular 14-spot and ten-spot.
Because of the arrival of the Asian harlequin – Which preys on its smaller British rival and their larvae.
2011 June 11: ‘The first ‘Atlas’ of our most well-loved bug the British Ladybird.’
The Arrival Of The ‘Asian Harlequin’ Has Been Blamed – For Their Demise.
Britain had 48 – 50 species of ladybird. Over 2000 species of Moth – NOW IN ‘2012’ Unknown...?
“Moths migrate by the moon using the magnetic power of stars – Covering massive distances over vast oceans enduring huge thundering storms winds and with millions of them going to a watery grave.”
“We humans are still so unaware about insects and even minute moths and their own massive contribution to our own cement environment – our own biodiversity.” Our one world. Check: Asian Harlequin facts and details at – http://www.harlequin-survey.org
“Harlequins are already settled in both Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea with both councils reporting substantial populations. London’s Hyde Park and Regents Park have also been colonised” - ’SONGBIRDS’ – “SAVE OUR GARDEN SONGBIRDS…”
‘It’s too early to say what their impact has been because there simply hasn’t been enough monitoring yet,’ said Nigel Reeve conservation ecologist at Bushy Park. ‘But generally speaking when a new stronger predator is introduced into the population it overpowers the existing population pretty fast.’ Adding – ‘Pesticides will also kill all other insect species, so theres very little we can do about this.’
“Experts have little in their armoury in the fight against the harlequin.”
‘The best we can do is take a lesson that we shouldn’t introduce exotic invasive species because they will simply take over.’ - It may already be too late to reverse the colonisation but a desperate attempt to slow its demise has been launched by insect experts from Cambridge University.
The harlequin ladybird survey is monitoring its spread across Britain and wants Londoners and everyone to help.
By logging sightings and collecting samples of the deadly invader.
“Park Keepers Have Found Hundreds Of The Insects On Single Trees, Plants And In Houses.”
There are fears the swarms will grow as it dominates the insect food chain. Cont -
Low tree bush cup-shaped nest built by both parents from dry grasses lined with finer grasses and hair.
Relative Blackcap and similar song with longer mellower tones and phrases.
Treasured Garden Warbler – Their even musical singing is quite beautiful more melodious long chattering clearer notes like a Blackbird.
Help Warblers: Most Warblers are – Insectivorous – Mainly Insects larvae spiders flies. Chicks need high protein diet.
Need: Ground cover shrub bramble undergrowth hedgerows trees.
‘Garden Warblers retrace path back north to their former European thicket nesting place.’
They raise there another generation of little warblers which grow up untaught but completely able to fly over the same route their parents took guided by the stars. ‘Tiny Little – ‘Lovely Garden Warbler’ Does Not Even Have – The Security OR PROTECTION OF A FLOCK – But Travels Alone.’
But - ‘Their Present Day Numbers Are Unknown…!’ — ‘NO’ SONGBIRDS – ASK Britain’s RSPB…?
Cont: Matt Shardlow of insect conservation group Buglife says stopping the harlequins spread is going to be a tough task but that lessons need to be learned. ‘We need to make sure our borders are secure from invasive alien species like the harlequin.’
Defra is taking this very seriously but our attitude to imported fruit flowers and food which insects thrive on is still pretty laissez-faire. ‘Were pushing Defra to introduce new laws on screening or spraying imported foods,’ he adds.
The harlequin is a native of eastern Asia and is prevalent everywhere from Mongolia to Siberia Kazakhstan Russia Japan China even the Himalayas.
To take part in the Great British Ladybird survey. Take a good look around your garden allotment local park and your house.
Send results to - http://www.Harlequin-Survey.org
But you must check your ‘not’ sending into them our own depleted British Ladybirds! Check information available for the many different sizes colours of legs, etc. For exactly what are our British Ladybirds and which ones are the Harlequin type bugs to look for.
Then send in only ‘harlequin’ ladybirds. With your area and date found. In an empty film canister without food-water just torn paper to protect specimens.
Asian Harlequin Ladybird bugs – ‘Eating’ – “All Our ‘British Ladybirds” – From 2004!
Songbirds-Slaughter; 2007 – Westminster London.
“We Have Noticed Them In Every Park, Square, And – Any Open Area. Also On Indoor Curtains. On removing they can leave a large dark yellow splodge on your hands.” - ’SONGBIRDS’ – “SAVE OUR GARDEN SONGBIRDS…”
Songbirds always did EAT and devoured all ‘our’ unwanted insect pests leaving an ‘even balance’ within nature.
“All without our own – Pellets and reverting to – Spraying!”
‘We’ need Garden Birds like we need ‘bees’ one pair of blue tits alone take and need 15 thousand insects grubs bugs spiders a season.
We Are In dire Need Of Garden Songbirds – They Consume Billions Of ALL Our Unwanted – Slugs, Snails, Creepy Crawly Insects, Bugs, Beetles, Aphids, Spiders, Gnats, Leather Jacket Pests, Moths, Flies; Etc.
“Cleaning Our Soil Of All ‘Trash’ Viruses.”
Plus All Manner Of Nature’s Biodiversity ‘our pests’ – These And A Myriad Of ALL ‘OUR’ Creepy Crawlies. ‘That All Eat Our Food Plants.’
“We Alone Have Caused This Through Our Own Senseless Sublime Folly – ALONG With The – RSPB Legal ‘PROTECTION’ Of Sparrowhawks.” –
AND NOW SINCE – THE YEAR – ‘1954…!’ —
The aim of this website is to make a wider range of people aware of the dwindling numbers of Songbirds due to Predation (killing) from other birds and animals. And don’t forget ‘human’ netting trapping and eating! – ‘Killing of our own Garden Birds.’ — http://elgeeco.co.uk/contact.html
Migration: Tiny Songbirds and Warblers weighing only a few grams –
How do they manage to navigate such huge distances. Somehow experiencing different sensation when facing north or south?
‘To find their way along a compass bearing direction. Being able to detect earths magnetic field?’
Even when the tiny songbirds reach their destination they rely only on memory of visual landmarks to guild them.
Songbirds unrecognised abilities and complex aspects of migration.
Songbirds: We Have To Appreciate Them And Their Behaviour Ever More – “Awe-Inspiring Mysterious Even To Our Human Understanding.”
The Harlequin Is Commonly ORANGE With ’15-21′ Black Spots. Or, Black With Two or Four orange or red spots and ‘mostly’ With ‘Brown’ Legs. “But you must check as some of our British lady birds can be very similar”.
Since ‘2004′ Asian Harlequin Ladybird Bugs ‘Eating’ – “All Our British Ladybirds” - ‘2010’ “More Than One Fifth Have Decreased ‘IN’ The LAST 20 YEARS…!”
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