Propylea 14-punctata (L.)

14-spot ladybird
© Roy Anderson
14-spot © Mike Majerus
© Mike Majerus*

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Distribution

Britain:

Widespread and common.

Ireland:

Widely distributed and common.

Ecology

Found almost equally on trees as in low herbage. Found in recent surveys on: grassy swards (5); floriferous meadows (6); sycamore foliage (2); birch (6); heather(2); beech(1); oak(1); willow(3); rowan(1).  Larvae were recorded from: semi-improved grass (3); floriferous meadows (1); birch(3); heather(2).

Variation

Remarkably invariant.  The ground colour ranges from white to deep yellow.  Markings on the elytra are invariably angular, square and linked to form a complex pattern.

*Mike Majerus images from UK Ladybird Survey