This ladybug sat in Flax and at first I thought it was two-spotted ladybird but after some research it turned out to be a Ten-spotted ladybird (Adalia decempunctata) .
It’s the first time that I’ve observed this species, so a new garden species.
This species comes in three variants :
- red with a variable number of black spots
- black with ten red spots
- black with a red spot on the front-side of the wingcover
This last variant sometimes has a red spot on the back of the wingcover.
Furthermore this speices has a dent in the backside of the wingcovers, just like the Asian ladybird. On this specimen this dent is rather smooth finished.
References1 Cuppen, J.G.M., V.J. Kalkman, G.A. Tacoma & Th. Heijerman 2015, Veldklapper Lieveheersbeestjes. - EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten en andere ongewervelden, Nederlandse Entomologische Vereniging & Waarneming.nl, Leiden