Yellow ladybirds, brown ladybirds

In the UK, when we think of ladybirds we probably mostly think of the shiny red little creatures with black spots. These are the most common, but there are actually more than 40 UK ladybird species and they come in all kinds of colour combinations!

So far, this spring, I haven’t seen any of the red ladybirds (although I did see them through the winter). What I have seen are these two rather pretty ladybirds: a yellow one and a brown one. I think the yellow one with square-ish black spots is a 14-spot ladybird; and the brown one with creamy coloured spots is called (perhaps predictably) a cream spot ladybird. Both of these, like many other ladybird species, feed on aphids and are very welcome garden guests.

14-spot ladybird (Propylea 14 punctata) on hazel
14-spot ladybird (Propylea 14 punctata) on hazel
Cream spotted ladybird (Calvia 14-guttata) on feverfew
Cream spotted ladybird (Calvia 14-guttata) on feverfew

The UK Ladybird Survey website is a fantastic resource and has downloadable pdf sheets to help with identification of adult ladybirds and their larvae.


10 thoughts on “Yellow ladybirds, brown ladybirds”

  1. Those are two unusual ladybirds compared to what we have here as far as I know, but I’ve never seen anything like them. I took a quick look at the UK Ladybird Survey and saw a few (the eyed ladybird was one) that looked like ones I’d seen around here but not quite the same. Thanks! Now I’ll be paying closer attention to these little beetles.

    1. I knew that we had quite a few ladybird species in the UK, but was surprised to read that there are more than 3.5k species worldwide. The diversity of insects never ceases to amaze me – and mainly thwart me in identifying them!

      1. That is a huge number of species! I’m going to be looking out for ladybirds here besides the usual black and orange/red kinds.

    1. Hi, I’m not finding a problem so far, but I don’t post all that much nor all that many photos. I too always resize photos, at least a bit. Maybe you need to start the Forget me not Cultivation Blog part 2 and get all your free space back;)

    1. Thank you. It is funny (and often confusing) the way some words have warped as they cross back and forth across the Atlantic. It’s funny too that in the UK we call a beetle a bird…

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