14-spot ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata)

14-spot ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata)

 

Size: 3.5 - 4.5mm
Basic colour: yellow or black
Pattern colour: black or yellow spots
Number of spots: 4-14
Spot fusions: very common
Melanic (black) form: very rare

Pronotum: yellow or cream with black spots or trapezium or crown mark
Leg colour: brown
Habitat: varied
Host plant: various
Overwintering: various, usually low down
Food: aphids

Other notes: Spots are rather rectangular.