Coccinellidae -ladybirds, ladybugs 2, 1, 3

Adalia bipunctata, the 2 spot ladybird

2 spot ladybird, Adalia bipunctata

The 2 spot ladybird above is one of the most abundant and most variable in adult colouration. It usually has 2 black spots on a red background, but black with red spots, and even a yellow background can be seen. The underside is always black. It is widespread in in the U. K., but less common in the north, and uncommon in Scotland. This ladybird is much smaller than the 7 spot. It can be found on a wide variety of plants and trees. Adult body length is 4.0 - 5.0 mm.

The female lays her eggs in batches of 20 - 50 at a time. The total number of eggs she is able to lay in her lifetime depends on the quality and quantity of food she eats as an adult.

Cream spot, Calvia 14-guttata

cream spot ladybird, Calvia 14-guttata

cream spot ladybird, Calvia 14-guttata

Above is the Cream spot ladybird. The adult body length is 4 - 5 mm, and as the name suggests it has 14 cream coloured spots on red. As with most other ladybirds it eats aphids and similar insects both as an adult and larva. It will also eat honeydew.

It is found in Europe, Siberia and North America. Adults are seen in spring, and in the U. K. are found mainly on deciduous trees and in hedgerows. This one was on birch in April. It is widespread in the U. K. and has been increasing since 1990.