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1:40PM

a good start

I made a start on some invertebrate surveys of the saline pools on Harbour Farm today and among the last things I picked up was a rather narrow ladybird with thirteen spots on the wing cases. Quickly checking on returning to the office I discovered this was the imaginatively named 13-spot ladybird. Apparently this species used to be a resident British species, but now only turns up as an immigrant (perhaps occasionally persisting), and the only record on our database is one at Pett Level in 1894, so a good find. (Barry has since reminded me of a record earlier in the year at Pett Level from Derek Binns, reported on RXWildlife here. Sorry Derek!)

Image: Gilles San Martin

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and also here: http://www.rxwildlife.info/sightings/2015/8/7/13-spot-ladybird.html on the 7th of August ... so that makes three sightings this year at Pett Level and Rye Harbour

August 28, 2015 | Registered CommenterDerek Binns

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