Fourteen-spotted ladybird

Last update: 1 February 2019
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A very common ladybird species in the garden, the Fourteen-spotted ladybird (Propylea quatuordecimpunctata) [1].

In the garden it can be frequently found in lower vegetation.

Fourteen-spotted ladybird
(Propylea quatuordecimpunctata)
Fourteen-spotted ladybird
(Propylea quatuordecimpunctata),

This species is well recognizable by the rectangular spots and the yellow-brown base color. Melanism occurs in this species too so there is variation in the spots in which the black spots can be bigger and overlap, inverting the apparent color scheme to black with yellow spots.

Fourteen-spotted ladybird
(Propylea quatuordecimpunctata)
Fourteen-spotted ladybird
(Propylea quatuordecimpunctata)
Fourteen-spotted ladybird
(Propylea quatuordecimpunctata)
Fourteen-spotted ladybird
(Propylea quatuordecimpunctata),

References

1 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

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