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Saturday, June 23, 2007

22-SPOT LADYBIRD

One of our smallest ladybirds - bright yellow with 10 or 11 spots on each wing case, common in the south, where they feed off mildew on herbaceous plants - quite rare in the north.

We have another common species of little yellow Ladybird in the south - the 16-Spot Ladybird. This (yesss...) has less spots than the 22, but as they are normally difficult to count on a moving tiny beetle, the more obvious difference is the dark black line down the middle of the elytra (wing-cases) in the 16-Spot, which the 22-Spot does not exhibit.

Anyway... a new Ladybird species for the "lower paddock" - 2 at once also, and once again mating! Maybe I should give "Blue-Grey" an 18 Classification!

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