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Are these things serious?
I have one Hive with them under the lid on the mat
Ive not seen them before

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Harlequins?

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Just now, Ali said:

Harlequins?

Do the bite?

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Little blighters are popping up everywhere now it seems. They will displace the local varieties fairly quickly it seems.

Wine growers concerned amongst others.

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Had exactly the same today...

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22 minutes ago, Ali said:

Little blighters are popping up everywhere now it seems. They will displace the local varieties fairly quickly it seems.

Wine growers concerned amongst others.

Why are they a problem ?

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I havent seen them in my area before and they have chosen just one Hive out of lots.
They all congregate together and one wonders how they got tho my place?

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1 minute ago, Philbee said:

I havent seen them in my area before and they have chosen just one Hive out of lots.
They all congregate together and one wonders how they got tho my place?

Thay flied thear.

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Yeah, cos they heered wot a wonderful bloke you is.

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5 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Why are they a problem ?

The little ladybirds eat aphids but these ones dont
These ones may displace the good ones and they also get in the mouths of dogs and maybe other animals

 

1 minute ago, dansar said:

Thay flied thear.

What, In a flock of Beetles
 

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They are another border control glitch it seems. MPI gave up any effort to stem the tide. Just 2-3 years to reach the current state of play, seems they spread like wildfire.

Apparently if there is insufficient other food for them then they will turn to fruit and eat that.

There is some research going on to discover a lure for them to maybe 'control' them but seems they are here to stay.

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Just now, Philbee said:

The little ladybirds eat aphids but these ones dont
These ones may displace the good ones and they also get in the mouths of dogs and maybe other animals

 

What, In a flock of Beetles
 

Yes they do eat the GWA 

Yes in swarm of beetles 

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1 minute ago, dansar said:

Yes they do eat the GWA 

Yes in swarm of beetles 

They gather around the hive top vent but I haven't seen them in the Hive 

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Just now, Philbee said:

They gather around the hive top vent but I haven't seen them in the Hive 

They love hibernating under hive lids. So do the common lady birds. It’s amazing where they can squeeze in to.

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38 minutes ago, Ali said:

They are another border control glitch it seems. MPI gave up any effort to stem the tide. Just 2-3 years to reach the current state of play, seems they spread like wildfire.

Apparently if there is insufficient other food for them then they will turn to fruit and eat that.

There is some research going on to discover a lure for them to maybe 'control' them but seems they are here to stay.

They will likely become a food source for a predator.

Sometimes nature solves the problem .

Not always , but it can happen .

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Just now, kaihoka said:

They will likely become a food source for a predator.

Sometimes nature solves the problem .

Not always , but it can happen .

Apparently these things have that covered.
They dont taste good

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Just hope they eat all the GWA before they get culled - at least they don't stuff up honey frames. I have hoards of them on the windows on the SW side of house - thinking of putting in signage to the willows for them.

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I was cleaning a few frames from a robbed out hive today and found one of these ladybirds. I thought that I had seen a few of this species around hives during the summer but first one I'd caught to compare to the photos. Interesting info and links above thanks.

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