Friday, 15 June 2007

Ten-Spotted Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata)

Adult Ten-spotted Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata - unknown subspecies) at Geddington, Northants - May 2011

OTHER NAMES: Ten-spotted Lady beetle
Length: 3.5-4.5mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

Although most ladybirds have very much "does what it says on the tin" names, the Ten-spot ladybird is a very misleading name. It's actually an incredibly varied species, which can have anywhere between 0-15 spots, such as the one pictured with it's six. As they are so widely varied it makes any catchall description to identify them tricky.

Related Species:
Order: Coleoptera

Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Adalia
SUBSPECIES: A. d. bipustulata, A. d. decempustulata, A. d. guttatopunctata, A. d. humeralis, A.d. lateripenctata, A. d. lutea, A. d. octopunctata, A. d. quattuorpunctata

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A fairly common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington

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

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