Ladybirds to be found around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Coccinella septempunctata, 7 spot ladybird

Coccinella septempunctata, 7 spot ladybird on a leaf, ladybug

Both adults and larvae are found on vegetation, usually near aphids.

Usually seen only in the warmer months, however adults hibernate over the winter, often away from vegetation.

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Halyzia 16 guttata, Orange ladybird

Orange ladybird, Halyzia 16 guttata adult

Adults and larvae are found on the underside of the leaves of deciduous trees, especially sycamore. Adults hibernate in the trees, in leaf litter and even in the soil.

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Adalia bipunctata, the 2 spot ladybird.

2 spot ladybird, Adalia bipunctata

Adults and larvae are found in a variety of locations, but always near their food - aphids.

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10 - spot ladybird, Adalia 10-punctata

10 spot ladybird adult, Adalia 10-punctata

Variation in spot pattern and colour, but always has yellowish legs.

Adult body length is 3.5 - 5. 0 mm.

Found on deciduous trees, in meadows and gardens.

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Cream spot ladybird, Calvia 14-guttata

cream spot ladybird, Calvia 14-guttata

4 - 5 mm long.

Adults seen in spring on deciduous trees and hedgerows.

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Harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis

Harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis

Colour pattern and spot number vary an awful lot. So if it is a big ladybird that you cannot identify it is probably a Harlequin.