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10-spot Ladybird

Observed: 24th February 2011 By: kcf32
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeShropshire Wildlife Trust
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Description:

Small ladybird found on the end of a twig in a plantation. I believe it is a 10-spot despite the lack of a pattern on the pronotum. I think its size - much smaller than a 7-spot - makes it unlikely to be a harlequin. I have submitted the photographs to the Ladybird Survey asking for confirmation of its identity.

Identifications
Species interactions

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Yes, this is the

Yes, this is the decempustulata (chequered) form of the 10-spot - the pronotum patterning is quite variable in this species, and it's quite common in ladybirds for dark individuals (particularly melanics) to have largely black pronotums (Harlequin melanics, for example, don't have the M on the pronotum)

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kcf32's picture

10-spot

Thank you for your confirmation. I will now report it to the survey.

Keith