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Harlequin Ladybirds

Harlequin ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis) vary a lot in appearance from red spot on black forms, through black spot on red, to black spot on yellow.  These are all the same species and, as shown here, interbreed quite freely.  Photo taken in Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2008-07-26. The ladybirds that I photographed last November here also appear to be harlequins.

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