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Lady Bird

Quick facts

Common name: Lady Bird.

Scientific name: Two-spot ladybird - Adalia bipunctata / Seven-spot ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata
Length: Two-spot ladybird: up to 5 mm long - Seven-spot ladybird: up to 8 mm long
Colour:  The most familiar have bright red wing cases with black spots, while other common species such as black and yellow ladybirds, white and brown ladybirds, or even striped ladybirds.

Lifespan: Up to 1 year

Origin: Native

Lecture

Information

  • Adult ladybirds and larvae feed on aphids and small insects

  • Among the best-known and most well-loved beetles, ladybirds (also known as ladybugs) are easy to recognise. The most common species are the two-spot and larger seven-spot ladybirds, although about 26 other types can also be found in the British Isles.

  • Ladybirds are brightly coloured, warning predators of their bitter taste, which helps survival. They are also able to exude a pungent fluid to ward off ants, birds and people.

  • In winter adults hibernate in cracks, crevices and leaf litter and emerge in April to find a mate. Females lay eggs that hatch after about four days, depending on the temperature.

  • The steely-blue larvae with creamy-yellow spots do not resemble the adults.

  • They eat aphids voraciously, up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetime