some common ladybirds
See also the Harlequin Ladybird page.
The 2 spot Ladybird is very variable in colour and pattern, occurring with a red or black background and with variable spots or markings. The 'standard' form has 2 black spots on a red background. The picture shows a standard and a common melanic form.
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2 Spot Ladybird © Paul Mabbott
The 7 spot Ladybird is a relatively large species (7mm+), with 7 black spots on a red background and with black legs.
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7 Spot Ladybird © Peter Harvey
14-spot Ladybird. Note the irregular oblong or squarish rather than round spots. The black markings may join into larger black areas.
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14 Spot Ladybird
16-spot Ladybird. This is a small ladybird, often found on the ground and at the base of plants rather than higher up on vegetation. Note the joined outer markings.
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16 Spot Ladybird
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22-spot Ladybird. A yellow ladybird with round spots.
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22 Spot Ladybird © Peter Harvey
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Pine Ladybird © Peter Harvey