24-spot Ladybird

Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata


Over all length 3 - 4mm. This is a small red ladybird with black spots which are variable in number. It is also covered in short, fine hairs, which make it look dull compared to other species.


Grassland and woodland edge. They feed on the leaves of Red Campion and sometimes False Oat Grass.

Status and distribution

It is widespread, but commonest in the south of Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

Spring and Autumn.