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UK Nature  > Ladybirds  > Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata

Scientific Name:   Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
Common Name:   22-Spot Ladybird

Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata, more commonly known as the 22-spot ladybird, is a small (3-4mm in length) ladybird, the brightest of the yellow British ladybirds. They always have 22 spots, which are rarely fused. It has no central black line and appears more circular in shape than the 14-spot. There are two colour varieties, one where the pronotum is yellow (as shown in my photograph), the other where it is white.

Unusually amongst ladybirds, it eats mildew, grazing from the soil surface or from low herbage, especially hogweed. Sweeping dense ground vegetation is the most effective method to find it, but turning over hogweed leaves is also a reliable method.

Adults can be seen from April to August and is fairly common throughout England, less so in Wales and Scotland.
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