Sunday, July 6, 2014


It's been a good year for ladybirds in our garden - here's a selection of the species that have visited so far:

2-spot ladybird

7-spot ladybird

10-spot ladybirds

Melanic 10-spot ladybird - black and red colours reversed

Cream-spot ladybird

Orange ladybird

14-spot ladybird

Most of these appeared on blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes - probably because both have been infested with aphids and mildew that are eaten by various ladybird species.


  1. You are beating me on the ladybird score for certain. BUT, guess who appeared here this morning? Only a female Purple Emperor, who had been attacked by a robin and then sat on my hand for ages. I got lots of piccies and am still smiling, as I probably will be for the next year... :-)

  2. Ooh, Countryside Tales - what a gift!

    Phil I have seen one Ladybird this year, a seven spot. I don't know what it happening in my area!

    1. There are often more about after the second generation emerges in mid summer, so there's hope yet!

  3. Great selection Phill, I've done realy well this year so far with ladybirds, even these can be tricky to I.D some times (well for me any way).
    Amanda xx

    1. IDing the various colour morphs of the different species can really tricky, can't it?