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Scientific Name: Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata
Common Name: 16-Spot Ladybird
Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata, more commonly known as the 16-spot ladybird, is a small (approx. 3 mm in length), beige coloured ladybird with usually 13-18 black spots. The black centre line is a distinguishing feature (only shared with the 14 spot) and some spots occasionally join up. However, its small size, paler colour and rounded spots, all help to easily distinguish it from the 14-spot Ladybird.
It usually lives in grassland but is easily overlooked. Most numerous in the summer months when feeding on pollen, fungi and nectar. Overwinters in low herbage, gorse, plant litter, on fence posts and stone walls, often in large aggregations. Mainly a southern species.
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