Sending us records
The easiest way to submit records of harlequin ladybirds you have spotted is
using our on-line recording form or
our smartphone app for
Both the app and the form allow recording of all ladybird species and use
iRecord to store and manage records.
You can create or use an existing iRecord account when submitting records. With
an account you can keep all your wildlife sightings in one place and receive feedback
on your identification.
If you have previously submitted a ladybird record through this website then you will
notice some differences with the recording form. Please do get in contact if you have
any comments on the new format by e-mailing:
Alternatively, we have a recording form in Word
format available if you prefer. You can send records on paper to the following
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology,
Oxon OX10 8BB.
Verifying your records
Digital photographs are the preferred method for verifying ladybird
species. They can be uploaded when you fill out the on-line recording form.
Live specimens from some parts of the UK may be sent as an alternative,
although photos are preferred and result in a faster response to you. Due to the
fantastic response of the public to our survey, we no longer require specimens
from the following areas: London and south-east England, East Anglia,
the Midlands, Hampshire, Dorset and south Devon. However, we welcome specimens
from other areas, if a photograph is not available.
Specimens should be sent to the address given on the left. You can put them in something
like a camera film canister or other sturdy box. Do not include food or water, just
a few bits of paper to protect specimens from buffeting.