22-spot Ladybird

Psyllobora 22-punctata

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About

The 22-spot Ladybird is a small ladybird found in a wide variety of habitats, particularly grassland, woodland edge, towns and gardens. It feeds on mildew on various plants. The lifecycle of a ladybird consists of four phases: the egg; the larval stage, during which the larva undergoes a series of moults; the pupa in which the larva develops into an adult; and the adult phase, during which the female lays egg in batches of up to 40.

How to identify

The 22-spot Ladybird is bright yellow with 22 round, black spots on the wing cases. It can be distinguished from the larger 14-spot Ladybird (the only other yellow and black ladybird) by its more rounded spots, which never merge into each other.

Where to find it

Found in England and Wales.

Habitats

When to find it

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

You can provide a home in your garden for hibernating ladybirds by drilling holes into a log or block of wood, or by filling an old tin can with short lengths of cane so that their hollow insides are visible. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
22-spot Ladybird
Latin name
Psyllobora 22-punctata
Category
Invertebrates
Beetles
Statistics
Length: 3-4mm
Conservation status
Common.