Harlequin Ladybird -Invader and Settler

In this activity, children will learn that harlequin ladybirds are an invasive alien species which have adapted to living in the UK

Description

The harlequin ladybird is a predatory beetle native to Asia that was introduced into North America and Europe to control pests but is now becoming a pest.  It was first spotted in the UK in 2004 and is now threatening the ladybirds that are native to the UK.

Learning Objective:

-    That harlequin ladybirds are an invasive alien species which have adapted to living in the UK

-    To look for patterns in the distribution of harlequin ladybirds over time.

-    That harlequin ladybirds compete with native UK ladybird species and how this affects native UK ladbybird species.

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Acknowledgements

These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.