Swarms of Ladybirds with STIs have invaded the UK

Posted by Karen Jones | November 1, 2016

Ladybirds that are infected with harmful STIs have been swarming to the UK.

The infected species of ladybird, called Harlequin Ladybirds were first spotted in the UK in 2004.



Harlequin Ladybirds originate from Asia and carry Laboulbeniales - a type of fungus that is transferred during sex.

Even though humans are safe, the ladybirds still pose a threat to our wildlife as they suck nutrients from the host making more vulnerable to attack.

A report claims the extent of the damage is unknown at this time but the fungus could affect female offspring.

The Harlequin Ladybirds can discerned from the regular type by their colour which have orange spots opposed to red and black ones.

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