22 spot ladybird, Tunstall Hills, Sunderland

22 spot ladybird, Tunstall Hills, Sunderland

Observation - 22 spot ladybird, Tunstall Hills, Sunderland - UK and Ireland. Description: Large numbers of small yellow and black spotted ladybirds observed on low foliage along allotment track; stopped counting at 50 and marked as “abundant. Individuals were approx 4mm in length and observed feeding on mildew (Photos 2-5) on a variety of plan

Large numbers of small yellow and black spotted ladybirds observed on low foliage along allotment track; stopped counting at 50 and marked as “abundant. Individuals were approx 4mm in length and observed feeding on mildew (Photos 2-5) on a variety of plants including nettle, bramble and comfrey; all photographs were taken on the leaves of Russian Comfrey. It is the number of spots on wing casings (elytra) that are counted to give this species its common name. Note 5 spots on protonum. There was a degree of variability among individuals but interesting to note that several individuals have merging spots which is unusual (Photos 4 & 7). We always welcome support / advice on our observations.