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THE DUBLIN LADYBIRD PROJECT
Beetles are a vaste group of insects which are found throughout the world
and the Dublin and Irish ladybirds are but a very small section. Most of us recognise the
conspicuous 7-spot ladybird but more than twenty other ladybird species have been reported from
Ireland and may be found in gardens, parks and the wider countryside.
However, we know relatively little about the natural history of both lrish and Dublin ladybirds and effects of of climate and habitat change on native ladybird species and on immigrant ladybirds.
So this project aims to:
study the natural history of ladybirds of
County Dublin and its neighbouring
counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow
· find out which ladybirds occur in the region – including invasive ones
· gather information on ladybird frequency of occurrence
· study the behaviour and ecology of these ladybirdss
· establish where and when ladybirds spend their lives as adult, egg, larva and pupa
· provide information on ladybird feeding patterns and time of emergence
Records and supporting photographs of ladybirds are welcome from members of the general public - please see links below under "Publications .....".
Attendance at events that may be organised by the Field Club are, of necessity, restricted to members of the Club and their guests. New members are most welcome.
The Dublin Naturalists' Field Club's Records Policy
Ladybird Records submitted to the Dublin Naturalists' Field Club remain the property of the record creater and the data received willl be used for this project only and will not be passed on to a third person or organisation. You may down load a copy of our policy in pdf format by clicking on the ladybird icon immediately below:
Key to Irish Ladybirds :
You may submit records to the Dublin Ladybird Project, with photographs, by following the link.:
Reports on hibernating ladybirds welcome
A recording form for the Dublin Ladybird Project may be downloaded here:
You may obtain grid references from gridreference. ie
List of ladybirds and Scientific Names:
Gallery of Ladybird Photographs
Anatomy of the Ladybird
Publications and Websites of ladybird interest:
Email: ladybird [at] dnfc.net
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