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  FOURTEEN-SPOT LADYBIRD (Propylea quatuordecimpunctata) Linnaeus  

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PICTURE: Seen in Twyford Wood, near to Grantham, Lincolnshire, May 2014.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This fairly common yellow ladybird is quite variable. The colour can vary from yellow to light orange, there are rarely fourteen separate black spots. Commonly the spots fuse together, often forming an anchor shape. Some times the black marks are so extensive that there are only small area's of yellow, and there is a rare all black form.

 

LENGTH: Up to 5mm.                                         STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: Adults can be found from mid spring through to the autumn.

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid in batches of up to four hundred.

HABITAT: Habitats are varied, ranging from lowland meadows, forests, and gardens through to sub alpine area's.

FOOD SOURCE/S: Aphids.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: The Sixteen, and Twenty Two-spot ladybirds are similar, count the spots.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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