Tuesday, 18 September 2007

22-Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata)

Adult 22-spotted Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata) at Geddington, Northants - September 2011

OTHER NAMES: Twenty-two-spot Ladybird
UK Status: Not Evaluated /IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

The 22-Spot Ladybird is another of the small yellow ladybirds that are fairly widely distributed across the UK and the rest of Europe. Unlike most ladybirds however, instead of being an aphid specialist it feeds on mildew from shrubs and certain other slightly taller plants.  The obvious species for confusion is the more common 14-spot ladybird, but that has fewer and more rectangular spots.

Related Species:
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Psyllobora
SUBSPECIES: None - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and several other sites

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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