The predominantly black ladybird photographed above was recently observed on a broken conifer branch found along the Wom Brook Walk.
It is likely that this is not a native species to the British Isles. This assumption is based upon infromation gleaned from the BBC website, which displays a very similar species, called the harlequin ladybird,, and accords it the title of ‘Alien Ladybird’.
Apparently it was introduced from Asia as a means of pest control-its mission to feed on aphids that were damaging food crops. However, the harlequin ladybirds didn’t confine their efforts to aphids-but also attacked our own native ladybirds.
Have a look at the BBC link HERE.