I didn’t realise that I could find so many different types of ladybirds on my local patch. Most of these were on our allotment.
There are 46 different Ladybird species in the UK. 27 of those actually look like what most people think a ladybird looks like. Ladybirds are small to medium sized beetles (Coccinellidae). They are usually round or oval, they are brightly coloured and patterned. Ladybirds eat aphids.
The most common is the 7 spot ladybird. Ladybirds always have the same number of spots, they don’t grow more spots. They are brightly coloured as a warning to predators. The horrible yellow liquid you find on your hands sometimes after holding a ladybird is called reflex blood, it smells and contains toxins which may put off a predator.
I had real trouble trying to Id a lot of these, so I have done my best. I have numbered each photo, so if you can identify the type of Ladybird or I have made a mistake, please message me and I will update this blog when I know more.
The harlequin ladybird arrived in Britain in 2004
Not sure why a 14 spot ladybird can have between 4 and 14 spots.