16 Spot Ladybird - Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata

    Alternative names
    Sixteen Spot Ladybird

    This is a small (3 mm), beige coloured ladybird with black spots. The black centre line is a distinguishing feature (only shared with the 14 spot).

    Identification difficulty

    It usually lives in grassland but is easily overlooked.

    When to see it

    Most numerous in summer.

    Life History

    It feeds on pollen, fungi and nectar.

    UK Status

    Mainly a southern species.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 86 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map