2 Spot Ladybird - Adalia bipunctata

    Alternative names
    Two Spot Ladybird

    A small and very common ladybird with two main colour varieties. Most are red with two black spots but some are black with red spots. Rarely there are intermediates with merged or multiple spots! The black versions are most common in the north where it helps the insect to absorb heat from the sun.

    Identification difficulty

    They can be found in any habitat as long as there are aphids or other small creatures for them to eat. They are common garden visitors.

    When to see it

    The active adults can be seen from March to November.

    Life History

    This carnivorous beetle is a voracious hunter of aphids and is often used in pest control. The females lay bright yellow eggs underneath leaves and the larvae are also fierce predators of aphids. The adults overwinter by hibernating, often in groups.

    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain though less so in the far north.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 400 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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

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