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PICTURE: Seen in my garden in Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, May 2010.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: The Orange Ladybird is becoming more common in the British Isles over the last decade or so, especially in England.

 

LENGTH: Up to 8mm.                                                     STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: Adult Orange Ladybirds emerge from hibernation in about April, or May depending upon the spring temperatures, and are around until October. They usually have sixteen creamy white spots, sometimes fourteen.

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid in late April or May and take only a few days to hatch  Both the larvae and adult ladybird feed on mildew. There is usually one, but occasionally two broods a year.

HABITAT: Habitats are wooded area's, gardens, parks etc, and they are frequently observed near Sycamore tree's.

FOOD SOURCE/S: Both the larvae and adult ladybird feed on mildew.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: Other species of ladybirds are similar, count the spots.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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