Garden Wildlife- Part 5 Ladybirds

Very short blog today as I’ve been really busy with college work, but did manage to get out in the garden to take a couple of photos of ladybirds.

  • 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.
  • 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 that may put off a predator.



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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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2 Responses to Garden Wildlife- Part 5 Ladybirds

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  2. Love the Coccinellidae. I didn’t realize there were so many of them that didn’t look “typical” until I started identifying all the beetles I could find. And then there are the ones that look like them but aren’t in the family. Beetles are just cool.

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