Harlequin Ladybird Nymph
There are many of these harlequin ladybird nymphs in Hoo wood at the moment. Harmonia axyridis is a typical coccinellid beetle in shape and structure, being domed and having a “smooth” transition between its elytra (wing coverings), pronotum, and head. It ranges from 5.5-8.5mm in size. The common color form, f. succinea, is orange or red in colouration with 0-22 black spots of variable size. The other usual forms, f. conspicua and f. spectabilis, are uniformly black with 2 or 4 red markings respectively. The pronotum is white with variable black patterning, ranging from a few black spots in an M formation to almost entirely black. The underside is dark with a wide reddish-brown border.