Bury Wildlife

Coccinellidae ladybird

Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata water ladybird spenmoor The Water Ladybird (also known as the 19-Spot Ladybird) changes colour in autumn from red to beige/ochre colour, It is usually found by water as it feeds on the aphids on waterside rushes. The water ladybird is active from April to late summer and is widespread. In Bury it was found on Spenmoor Ponds and in the Canal


Kidney-spot Ladybird - Chilocorus renipustulatus. This has a black body with a large red spot on each wing casing (elytron). The antennae and underside are orange. The wing casings have a distinctly flattened flange all the way round. Usually found in well-wooded areas, often on tree trunks feeding on scale insect. Common. Found on Dam Elton.


Orange Ladybird - Halyzia sedecimguttata. Easy to identify, with its orange/yellow head, body and legs and found on Ash on the Railway. It feeds on mildew and overwinters in leaf litter or in sheltered positions on trees. Fairlt common in south Manchester.


22 Spot Ladybird - Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata. The brightest of the yellow British ladybirds, it always has 22 spots, which rarely join up. It is a very small ladybird. There are two colour varieties, one where the pronotum is yellow, the other where it is white.

10 Spot Ladybird - Adalia decempunctata. A small and variable ladybird - which confusingly doesn't always have 10 spots. Both adults and larvae feed on aphids and are useful in keeping these down. Woodland, gardens with trees. Common found Hinds and Dam Wall . Pictures show standard form, decempustulata 'chequered' melanic form, and bimaculata form.

14 Spot ladybird - Propylea quattuordecimpunctata. The most common yellow and black ladybird, though there is much variation in the amount of each colour and the shape of the spots. Adults and larvae feed on aphids  and are common. Seen Hinds.


7 Spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata. The very common Seven Spot Ladybird is usually red, occasionally yellow. Both larvae and adults feed on aphids which helps their image as a gardener's friend. They hibernate during winter and can be found in cracks and crevices. Very Common. Found Hinds,


Cream Spot Ladybird - Calvia quattuordecimguttata. This ladybird has a maroon-brown casing with 14 creamy white spots. It has brown legs. It feeds on aphids and psyllids and is often found on leaves and shrubs along hedgerows. It overwinters in plant litter, bark crevices and Beech nuts.


Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridis.  an alien species which first appeared in the UK in 2004 but has now spread.  There are numerous colour and pattern forms around 8 mm long, with a dome-shape. There are three main forms of the Harlequin - succinea, spectabilis and conspicua. Two Shown are succinea, and spectabilis. The Harlequin has the ability to live in diverse habitats and has a broad diet but predates other ladybirds and has the potential to wipe out some of our native species. Common spreading north found Hinds.


Spot Ladybird - Adalia bipunctata. A small and was a very common ladybird with two main colour varieties. Most are red with two black spots but some are black with red spots. This carnivorous beetle is a voracious hunter of aphids and is often used in pest control. Common but loses out to the Harlequin. Found hinds eaten by the Harlequin and under threat