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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map