22-spot Ladybird

22-spot Ladybird ©Jon Hawkins/Surrey Hills Photography 

22-spot Ladybird

Scientific name: Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
The 22-spot Ladybird is one of three yellow ladybirds in the UK. Look for it in grassland, woodland and gardens. Ladybirds are beneficial insects, managing garden pests - encourage them by putting up a bug box.

Species information

Statistics

Length: 3-4mm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

April to August

About

The 22-spot Ladybird is a small ladybird found in a wide range of habitats, particularly grassland, woodland edges, towns and gardens. It feeds on mildew (fungus) on a variety of plants. 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 eggs in batches of up to 40.

How to identify

The 22-spot Ladybird is bright yellow with 22 round, black spots on the wing cases. It can be distinguished from the larger 14-spot Ladybird (the only other yellow and black ladybird) by its more rounded spots, which never merge into each other.

Distribution

Found in England and Wales.

Did you know?

There are more than 3,000 different species of ladybird in the world, over 40 of which are found in the UK.

How people can help

Our gardens are a vital resource for wildlife, providing corridors of green space between open countryside, allowing species to move about. In fact, the UK's gardens provide more space for nature than all the National Nature Reserves put together. So why not try planting native plants and trees to entice birds, mammals and invertebrates into your backyard? 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.