14-spot ladybird (Propylea quatuordecimpunctata)

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Other Names
Fourteen Spot Ladybird
Description
The most common yellow and black ladybird, though there is much variation in the amount of each colour and the shape of the spots.
Photo ID? Easily identified from a photo
Habitat
All habitats.
When to see it
It is common on shrubs and is active from May to September.
Life History
If handled they exude orange liquid from their joints. This is actually a form of controlled bleeding which stains the hands and is very pungent. Adults and larvae feed on aphids and are useful in keeping these down.

 

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