There are two notable threats to ladybird populations worldwide, as well as in South Africa. These are the presence and increase of the Harlequin Ladybird, an invasive species of ladybird, and the use of pesticides. Read more here.
The next time you spot a ladybird somewhere, take a photo with your phone, and go to this page to add the sighting to our database. It is a great activity to take the family out to the garden, a local park or nature reserve, and try to find ladybirds. By adding your contribution, researchers will be able to monitor the variety and distribution of ladybirds in South Africa. When you add your sighting, please use the information on this page to see what type of ladybird it is. If you can not identify the specific specie, don’t worry, there are smart and kind people in the community that would help you. Just let us know: