Ladybirds can be found in almost every type of terrestrial habitat in Britain. Species such as the 7-spot occur anywhere where plants with aphids are found, at almost anytime of year. Conservationists are concerned that a new Asian species of ladybird has been noted to be spreading across the UK. Elsewhere in Europe it has lead to native ladybird species being under threat. The Harlequin is a better competitor and eats more food than native species. Their voracious appetite also means that if food is short they can turn to eating smaller British ladybirds, butterfly eggs and caterpillars.
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