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10-spot ladybird - Adalia decempunctata


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Being one of my fave species, I'm always pleased to find it!

Main shot from Shawbury Heath last Sunday, and the one in comments is from Eardington Quarry a couple of weeks back!


aka 10-spot! One of my fave species!

Merrington Green - Shropshire (April 2015)

Pleased to find these 3 beauties last Sunday. Shawbury Heath - Shropshire

But not a 24-spot ladybird!

It's a 10-spot 'chasing' a 14-spot!

Lee Brockhurst (SIG) - Shropshire

Another nicely patterned one! (with a mucky face!)

Harcourt - Shropshire

A rather nicely marked one!

(from the archives)


Wem Moss - Shropshire

Do love this species' variability!

Oswestry Old Racecourse - Shropshire

aka 10-spot. One of my fave species!

On Prunus padus (Bird cherry) with lots of aphids!

Upton Magna - Shropshire

Think it might be a 10-spot, as it's quite pale, but the Adalia larvae are hard to separate!

Upton Magna - Shropshire

aka 10-spot, and yet another form!

Venus Pool - Shropshire (May 12)

Do love this form!

Shawbury Heath - Shropshire

The bird cherries (Prunus padus) are developing well now, and the ladybirds are already making their way to them in readiness for the aphids that normally explode on them in the spring!

Upton Magna - Shropshire

Rather liked the red sutural line on this one!

Shawbury Heath - Shropshire

Such adorable little ladybirds!

Wollerton Wetlands - Shropshire

Just to show the size difference between a 10 spot ladybird (native) and the Harlequin 'invader'! (also aphids lurking in the BG!)

Tesco car park - Shrewsbury

A rather nicely patterned one!

Upton Magna - Shropshire

the 'decempustulata' form, which is my favourite!

Bretoncelles - Parc du Perche - France (July 19)

Was very pleased to find these 2 beauties last Sunday! The 10-spot is one of my fave species!

Prees Heath - Shropshire

Not sure if it's fairly newly eclosed, or if that's just it's colouring, but thought it rather lovely! It was certainly lively! Dorsal shot in comments.

Aire de la Mare des Fourches - France

Do love this species! Hopefully will find plenty more in 2020!

Upton Magna - Shropshire

Harlequin ??? though I don't recall it being of a particularly large size. I hope not as I found this locally in Glentrool.

Thank you Mick for ID, many images of this form available on a web search.

aka 10-spot, from back in 2013!

Wanted it included in the album.

St Dégan - Morbihan - Brittany

aka 10-spot, on heather.

The Cliffe - Shropshire

A mucky one above, with aphid juice encrusted on him, with plenty more food surrounding him, from Wem Moss and a pair from Merrington Green in comments.


with a Harlequin in comments!

Mousefield - Shrewsbury

Adalia decempunctata form



Having found 10 spot Ladybirds for the first time in the Great Park during the spring I then came across a ‘new’ species but on further investigation it turns out they are highly variable as well so this is the ‘chequered’ form rather than the spotted one.


Another new one for me

A rather nicely coloured one!

Mousecroft - Shropshire

As I've said before, I love the variation in the 10-spot ladybirds!

All taken in Parc du Perche - France (July 19)

Main shot from Étang de la Benette.

10 shots of 10-spots!

Such a variable and gorgeous species, and one of my favourites!

All taken in various locations (each labelled) and between 2011 and 2019! Pics in comments viewable large!


Above shot taken at The Loe - Cornwall (May 19)

Good grief! This made Explore Front Page! (Thanks for letting me know)


Three different species of ladybird, congregating at the same point. No trickery involved, just a happy finding!


On the weeping silver birch tree in my garden.


10-spot (Adalia decempunctata), 2-spot (Adalia bipunctata) and cream-spot (Calvia 14-guttata), ladybirds.


For Pic a Day group: Theme #4: 'Three'.

- Adalia decempunctata


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Een lieveheersbeestje kan goed toneelspelen. Als het bij gevaar op zijn rug terecht komt trekt het de pootjes en antennes in en doet alsof of het dood is. Zo hoopt het dat het met rust gelaten wordt. Als het gevaar voorbij is, draait het kevertje zich op de buik en vliegt gewoon weg.


Door zijn kleuren (bv. rood met zwarte stippen) laat het lieveheersbeestje zien dat het erg vies smaakt. Als een dier toch een lieveheersbeestje eet zal het de vieze smaak niet vergeten en andere lieveheersbeestjes voortaan met rust laten. Sommige lieveheersbeestjes, zoals de rode lieveheersbeestjes met 7 stippen zijn ook echt giftig voor jonge koolmeesjes.


Een ander verdedigingsmechanisme is het gele vocht dat het lieveheersbeestje kan afscheiden aan zijn pootjes. Als je zachtjes tegen het lieveheersbeestje tikt of als een vogel hem oppakt, scheidt het die vloeistof af. Het gele goedje stinkt en smaakt erg bitter. Een vogel zou het lieveheersbeestje meteen loslaten als hij dat proeft en zo is het lieveheersbeestje gered.


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Formicidae & Coccinellidae Adalia decempunctata

Une coccinelle dont les élytres ont des motifs très variés.

Coccinellidae Adalia decempunctata

une coccinelle dont les élytres ont des motifs variés.

Tanto larvas como adultos se alimentan de otros insectos fitófagos, especialmente de pulgones, siendo las larvas en sus últimos estadios las más voraces.Así como Adalia bipunctata se encuentra sobre plantas herbáceas y leñosas, A. decempunctata prefiere situarse sobre árboles y arbustos.

Adalia (Adalia) decempunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)

une coccinelle dont les élytres sont de couleurs très variées.

Coccinellidae Adalia decempunctata

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