Killer ladybird’s ‘big scary eyes’ startles Aylesbury woman

The Killer Ladybird  after it was caught in a jar
The Killer Ladybird after it was caught in a jar

A ladybird which is known to bite humans – and is dubbed a ‘killer’ because it attacks other ladybirds – has been discovered in an Aylesbury garden.

The bug is called a Harlequin and scientists fear it could damage or wipe out some of Britain’s other 45 ladybird species.

Killer Ladybird

Killer Ladybird

Harlequins are currently travelling across the UK at a rate of 60 miles a year.

The bug was captured after it flew into an Aylesbury woman – who had read an article about the species and quickly picked up a jar to capture it. She said at first it appeared to have ‘big white scary eyes’.

The bug is not able to fly in cooler temperatures. It was discovered on Tuesday, at the start of this week’s forecast heatwave.

> Have you seen a killer ladybird in town? If so, did you realise what it was?