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2-spot ladybird Adalia bipunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Adalia bipunctata Adalia bipunctata Adalia bipunctata
Adalia bipunctata Adalia bipunctata Adalia bipunctata
  • Cambridge, garden, various dates
  • The typical form, far left, is a very familiar garden insect
  • There are also several genetic colour morphs (over 100 have been named)
  • In order are seen weak annulata; strong annulata; a very dark development of a similar pattern; and 2 degrees of f. quadrimaculata (although the last one also has two small tail spots)
  • Larvae are aphid feeders
  • NBN Atlas

10-spot ladybird Adalia decempunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Adalia decempunctata Adalia decempunctata Adalia decempunctata Adalia decempunctata
Adalia decempunctata Adalia decempunctata Adalia decempunctata
  • Cambridge, garden, various dates 2001-3
  • Very variable coloration, forms shown have (from left) almost no markings; 10 pale markings; 10 spots and two small marks; additional spots on the scutellum and the apices of the elytra making 13 in all; 13 spots starting to join up; and (f. decempustulata) the spots fully joined leaving 10 irregular orange blobs.
  • Finally, proof that they really are the same species!
  • NBN Atlas

Water ladybird Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata
  • Cambridge, Adam's Road Sanctuary TL437587; 15 Sep 2015
  • This is the autumn colouration; in summer the ladybirds are reddish-orange.
  • Feeds on aphids on waterside rushes.
  • NBN Atlas

Cream-spot ladybird Calvia quattuordecimguttata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Calvia quattuordecimguttata
  • Cambridge, Byron's Pool LNR TL434545: 26 May 2015
  • An aphid feeder found on trees, in undergrowth and in grass.
  • NBN Atlas

Kidney-spot ladybird Chilocorus renipustulatus (Scriba, 1791)

Chilocorus renipustulatus Chilocorus renipustulatus
  • Cambridge, Adams Road TL437587: 2 Sep 2014
  • Tree-dwelling species with black legs.
  • Little variation in patterning, always shows the two large large spots halfway along the elytra.
  • In profile it has a distinct ridge along the suture and a flange around the rim.
  • Larvae are reddish-brown, broadly oval with long spines.
  • [Enlarged view]
  • NBN Atlas

7-spot ladybird Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus, 1758

Coccinella septempunctata Coccinella septempunctata Coccinella septempunctata
  • Cambridge: Various dates 2001-3
  • Less variable than many ladybird species, but there is substantial variation in the sizes of the spots. Enlargements: [1] [2] [3]
  • Below, newly emerged adults are bright yellow with no markings (left); an hour later the markings are emerging (right). The background colour reddens much more gradually.
  • NBN Atlas
Coccinella septempunctata Coccinella septempunctata

Pine ladybird Exochomus quadripustulatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Exochomus quadripustulatus
  • Cambridge Science Park TL462617: 12 Aug 2002
  • Adults and larvae are predators on scale insects
  • (but I have also observed one was mooching around on a rotten pear ...)
  • This photo shows the distinctive rim round the margin of the elytra and has identical markings to that at the UK Ladybird Survey. Note, however, that there are forms of the 2-spot ladybird which look very much like this!
  • NBN Atlas

Orange ladybird Halyzia sedecimguttata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Halyzia sedecimguttata Halyzia sedecimguttata
  • Cambridge: 16 Jun 2002
  • A mildew feeder
  • This specimen was found at a lighted window (I've never seen one in the garden in the daytime).
  • Right, a standoff with a spider. (I never found out the result).
Halyzia sedecimguttata Halyzia sedecimguttata
  • Cambridge: 26 Feb 2008
  • Found at Paradise Nature Reserve. TL44605722.
  • Enlarge: [1] [2]
  • NBN Atlas

Adonis' ladybird Hippodamia variegata (Goeze, 1777)

Hippodamia variegata
  • Cambridge, Mill Road Cemetery TL462582, 9 Sep 2015
  • At first sight looks somewhat like a 7-spot, but smaller, a more slender shape with a distinctively shaped black mark on the thorax
  • The number of spots can be anywhere between 3 and 15
  • An aphid feeder, fairly common in a range of habitats
  • It is not clear (to me, anyway) whether the common name relates to the mythical Greek Adonis or to some Mr. Adonis or M. Adonis.
  • NBN Atlas

Nephus quadrimaculatus (Herbst, 1783)

Nephus quadrimaculatus
  • Cambridge, garden, 4 June 2016
  • A small ladybird 2mm long, can be found with difficulty in ivy and various trees.
  • Feeds on aphids and mealybugs.
  • Mainly southern & eastern. NBN Atlas

14-spot Ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Propylea quattuordecimpunctata Propylea quattuordecimpunctata Propylea quattuordecimpunctata Propylea quattuordecimpunctata Propylea quattuordecimpunctata
  • Cambridge: various dates 2001-3
  • As can be seen, this is also a somewhat variable species with more than one parameter. The central one is some way off being symmetrical.
  • NBN Atlas

22-spot ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
  • Cambridge: 21 Jun 2002
  • The spot count (as in all ladybirds) includes elytral spots only and includes a half (or less) spot right on each flank.
  • Feeds on mildew
  • Thea 22-punctata in older references.
  • NBN Atlas

24-spot ladybird Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata
  • Cambridge. Adult, Coldham's Common TL474584. 14 Jun 2016. Larva, Trumpington Meadows, TL433543. 2 Jun 2015.
  • A vegetarian species feeding on grasses
  • The adults are small, flightless, downy and inconspicuous in the undergrowth. The larvae are highly distinctive and mobile.
  • NBN Atlas

16-spot ladybird Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata
  • Cambridge, Trumpington Meadows, TL438548. 24 May 2016.
  • A small mobile species of grasslands, feeding on mildew, fungi and pollen.
  • Notable for over-wintering in large aggregations, which can easily run into thousands of insects.
  • NBN Atlas

Coccinellidae larvae

Coccinella septempunctata Adalia bipunctata Propylea quatuordecimpunctata Coccinellidae larvae are mobile and mostly predatory. Left is the 7 spot, middle maybe the 2 spot, right believed to be 22 spot.
Enlargement: 7-spot

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