The 2-spot ladybird is a medium-sized ladybird found in a wide variety of habitats, including parks, towns and gardens. Both adults and larvae feed on aphids, making them a friend in the garden. The adults hibernate over winter in bark or sometimes in houses, congregating in large numbers. The lifecycle of a ladybird consists of four phases: the egg; the larval stage, during which the larva undergoes a series of moults; the pupa in which the larva develops into an adult; and the adult phase, during which the female lays egg in batches of up to 40.
How to identify
The 2-spot Ladybird is usually red with two black spots on the wing cases, but it also comes in a variety of other colour forms, right through to black with two red spots. The only likely species that may cause confusion is the 10-spot Ladybird, which is a similar size and similarly variable in pattern. However, 2-spot Ladybirds have black legs, while 10-spot Ladybirds have orange legs.
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How can people help
Many of our commonly overlooked insects are actually important pest controllers in the garden: ladybirds love hunting down aphids, for instance. You can provide a home in your garden for hibernating ladybirds by drilling holes into a log or block of wood, or by filling an old tin can with short lengths of cane so that their hollow insides are visible. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.