22-spot Ladybird

Name: 22-spot Ladybird

Scientific name: Psyllobora 22-punctata

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: A small ladybird, about 3mm long. Bright yellow with 22 round black spots on the wing cases. Found in a wide variety of habitats, particulary grassland, woodland edge, towns and gardens. Feeds on mildew on various plants.

How to identify: Told from the larger 14-spot Ladybird, the only other yellow and black ladybird, by the more rounded spots, which never merge into each other.

Where: England and Wales

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 50
  • Cute factor: 70
  • Traveller: 40

Fantastic fact: This ladybird doesn't eat aphids. It prefers to munch of mildew (fungus) and other plants.

Photograph credit: Jon Hawkins

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