14 Spot ladybird - Propylea quattuordecimpunctata

    Alt Name
    Fourteen Spot Ladybird

    The most common yellow and black ladybird, though there is much variation in the amount of each colour and the shape of the spots.

    Identification difficulty

    All habitats.

    When to see it

    It is common on shrubs and is active from May to September.

    Life History

    If handled they exude orange liquid from their joints. This is actually a form of controlled bleeding which stains the hands and is very pungent. Adults and larvae feed on aphids and are useful in keeping these down.

    UK Status

    Common in England and Wales at least.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 439 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map