22 Spot Ladybird - Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata

    Alternative names
    Twenty Two Spot Ladtbird

    The brightest of the yellow British ladybirds, it always has 22 spots, which rarely join up. It is a very small ladybird at 3 to 4.5 mm. There are two colour varieties, one where the pronotum is yellow, the other where it is white.

    Identification difficulty

    As a mildew feeder, the 22-spot Ladybird is best looked for amongst low vegetation.

    When to see it

    April to August.

    Life History

    It is unusual amongst ladybirds in that eats mildew, grazing from the soil surface or from low herbage.

    UK Status

    The 22 spot is fairly frequent throughout England, but less so in Scotland and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 203 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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