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PICTURE: Seen in my garden in Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, June 2012.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: The Two-spot is one of the two most common, and well distributed species of ladybird in the British Isles.

 

LENGTH: Up to 5mm.                                                     STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: Adult Two-spots emerge from hibernation in about March, or April depending upon the spring temperatures Hibernation takes place in cracks and crevices in tree bark, under leaf litter, some times in human dwellings and other frost free nooks.

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid in late April or May and take only a few days to hatch.

HABITAT: Habitats include gardens, parks, meadows, wood land, road side verges, disused railway lines and waste ground.

FOOD SOURCE/S: Both the larvae and adult ladybird feed on other insects, mainly various species of aphids.

 

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

           
               
             
               
             
 

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