Thursday, 14 June 2007

Two-spotted Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata)


Adult Two-spotted Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata - unknown subspecies) at Geddington, Northants - May 2011

OTHER NAMES: Two-spotted Ladybug, Two-spotted Lady Beetle
Length: 3.5-5.2mm 
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

After the seven spot, the two spotted ladybird is easily the second most commonly encoutnered of the ladybirds - a lot smaller than the 7-spot, it's name tells you all you need to identify it - 2 spots. However, to complicate matters slightly, the melanistic form of this ladybird is quite common (two red spots on a black background) and that can be more easily confused with several other species. However, as the two spot is most common, that is still probably the most likely species.

Related Species:
Order: Coleoptera

Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Adalia
SUBSPECIES: A. b. annulata, A. b. bipunctata, A. b. frigida, A. b. maculata, A. b. revelierei, A. b. sexpustulata

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

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

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