Help! unidentified bugs

by Margaret

I have found a few of these in my garden and have been to the garden centres, but can't get it identified. I live in England.
Does anyone recognise and name them.

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Jul 07, 2011
Beetle identfication
by: Cyril, Sutton UK

Hello there, this is not instantly recognisable to me. There is a very large staphylinidae family of beetles, and it could be one of these? Some of these are different varieties called Rove beetles. Bit of a guess, but it's a start.

Jul 07, 2011
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your comments Cyril, I finally found out what they were from the Natural History Museum, this is what they said:
The Harlequin Ladybird originates from Asia, but has been used as a biological control agent in the USA and in mainland Europe. It is highly invasive and aggressive and it tends to replace the native ladybirds. It has arrived in the UK in 2004 and has expanded its range since.

If you wish to know more about Harlequin Ladybirds, please visit this page on our website:

Also, you may want to visit this web site dedicated to the problem:

Jul 09, 2011
by: Cyril

Yes, of course, I see it's the ladybug pupa. They are a nuisance, but they still look very cute to me. Thank you for enlightening me and no doubt the many others who enjoy this well written and entertaining site. C

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