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Harlequin Ladybug

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Eyes Half Closed, Oct 11, 2018.


  1. Eyes Half Closed

    Eyes Half Closed PetForums Newbie

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    Hey all, with the recent infestation of these foreign ladybirds I was wondering if anyone knows if they will harm cats or other pets if eaten or if the pet is bitten?
     
  2. huckybuck

    huckybuck Feline Forum Fashionista

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    I think they can’t taste very nice as mine tend to leave any lady bugs alone - in fact Little H pulls a face if he sees them. They must have tried one and it was yuck at some point (with no harm done)
     
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  3. Shrike

    Shrike Brooke's faithful manservant

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    I think the reason ladybirds have such bright colours is to warn predators that they taste nasty. I don't think these new ones are any nastier than our native ones though.
     
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    Jesthar PetForums VIP

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    Yep, the bright colours is because they have toxin glands - often on their knees, of all places. :)
     
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  5. Clairabella

    Clairabella PetForums VIP

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    I didn’t know that about their colour. Learn something new everyday :) xx
     
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