14-spot Ladybird

14-spot ladybird

Name: 14-spot Ladybird

Scientific name: Propylea 14-punctata

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: A medium-sized ladybird, about 4mm long. Bright yellow with up to 14 rectangular black spots on the wing cases. Found in a wide variety of habitats, particulary grassland, woodland edge, towns and gardens. Eats aphids.

How to identify: Told from the smaller 22-spot Ladybird, the only other yellow and black ladybird, by the more rectangular spots, which often merge into each other.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 70
  • Traveller: 40

Fantastic fact: One of three yellow British ladybirds.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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