14 Spot Yellow Ladybird

yellow-ladybird290This 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata) was found in Cumbria early in the summer and we also spotted one in Lancaster.

The background colour of the 14 spot ladybird can range from almost white to deep yellow and the black markings appear elongated and oblong shaped rather than spots. Sometimes the spots can merge but the centre line down the back of the wings or elytra is always black.  A Melanic (black) form can also be found with yellow spots but is very rare.

According to the UK Ladybird Survey website, the 14 spot ladybird is quite common in southern and central England, Wales and Ireland, being found on plants and shrubs as well as trees. Adults are usually active from April to September.

Their size can vary from 3.5 – 4.5mm with anywhere between 4 and 14 spots and like it’s more common red counterparts, it feeds on aphids, helping to rid our gardens of this burdensome pest.

For further information visit the UK Ladybird Survey website

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