The Harlequin Ladybird

Harlequin Ladybird form spectabilis (Ben Deed)

The story of the Harlequin is one of good intentions but poor delivery. Brought to the UK as a voracious hunter of 'pest species' in greenhouses the Harlequin was introduced as a means of effective #biological control to minimise the use of pesticides. Great! However, apparently poor forethought or containment meant it didn't take long before this species escaped into the wild.

Bee Survey: Nob End SSSI, Bolton

Contact Catherine Haddon ( for more information and to book a place on this course.

Help survey for the common, rare and downright unusual bees of Merseyside and Lancashire with Ben Hargreaves as part of Plan Bee.

Around 250 types of bee in the UK – 24 species of bumblebees (two local extinctions of bumblebee) and 225 kinds of solitary bee and honeybees.

National Insect Week

National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects.

Every two years, the Royal Entomological Society organises the week, supported by a large number of partner organisations with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects. You can find out more about the week and events near you using the link below.

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