Yellow On Yellow

22-Spot Ladybird - Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
22-Spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata

I discovered this little brightly coloured ladybird on my garden hose pipe. It is about 3–4mm long. This is one of three species of yellow ladybird in the UK, and it has the brightest yellow of the three. It feeds on mildews as opposed to greenfly.

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June 2019, front garden, South Staffordshire, England © Pete Hillman.

21 thoughts on “Yellow On Yellow

  1. Nice shot but what gives on the name? I come up with a couple of different counts on the number of spots but the all are more than 22. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Oh, the spots … you only count the ones on the wingcases … and even if there are only 20 the species is still the same.

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  2. This is a wonderful photograph, the detail is superb. I can imagine this being transformed into an enamelled brooch – not that people wear them much anymore.

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  3. Unless I’ve seen one in your blog and forgotten, I don’t think I’ve seen a yellow one. It’s beautiful: so striking with that color. It’s interesting that it’s name refers to the 22 spots. Perhaps they vary a bit in color, so the spots are a better identifier.

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    1. You are quite right Linda this is the first yellow ladybird on here, as I don’t encounter them very often. The spots are only counted on the wingcasings, and there can be between 20 and 22, but the species remains the same.

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  4. The first image I’ve seen today while checking emails on the bus to work, and it’s a cracker 😀 (yellow ladybird, not bus).

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