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Britain prepares for invasion of STD riddled ladybirds


Britain is being warned that biting foreign ladybirds infested with STDs are heading to the UK in their droves.
Millions of Harlequin ladybirds are expected to arrive from Asia and North America and could infect Britain’s 47 native species as well as spoil fine wine.
Scientists say the threat these black winged ladybirds pose to the red-winged natives should not be underestimated.
The incomers carry a fungal disease which is passed on when mating.
Not only that, but the invaders are cannibalistic and like to eat bugs from their own species, including the beloved two-spot ladybird, which is native to the British Isles.
While they are not believed to be any risk to most people, they do emit a disgusting smell and they leave ugly stains on furnishings and carpets if they get indoors.
They can also bite if their food supply is not plentiful enough, which can provoke an allergic reaction.
The newcomers are thought to have been brought to the UK because of mild autumn winds. They have already been spotted across the UK, including in Plymouth, Peterborough, Merseyside and Manchester, and more are thought to be on the way.
According to the UK Ladybird Survey, the fungus they carry could affect the lifespan or the number of eggs a female ladybird can produce over her lifetime.
The Harlequins can also let off an unpleasant yellow fluid which smells nasty and leaves stains on soft furnishings.
The survey adds: “When hungry, harlequin ladybirds will bite humans in their search for something edible. Ladybirds in houses, woken from dormancy by central heating, may bite people as there is no food available.
“The bites usually produce a small bump and sting slightly. There are a few documented cases of people having a severe allergic reaction.”
Strangely, these little ladybirds might also limit wine production because they like to feed on grapes. If they become trapped in the wine production process, their defensive chemicals can also affect the taste of the wine.
Harlequins were first seen in the UK more than a decade ago when they were deliberately brought to the country for use in the control of pests on crops.
Since their arrival then, the native two-spotted ladybird population has declined by almost a third, so the influx of even more of these little black-winged creatures is naturally an ecological concern. Google advices guest post service for its google news services.