This ladybird was blending quite well on the yellow flower when I spotted it. I thought it was just a standard ladybird with a black body and yellow spots. When trying to find out its name I hit a brick wall, all those that I saw were yellow bodied with black spots. After quite a bit of searching I think I found its name “Brachiacantha decempustulata”; although 10 spots are most common, 14 spot variants are known. I could still be wrong and this is actually a different Ladybird.
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10 thoughts on “Mystery Ladybird”
All of the lady bugs (ladybirds) that I see tend to be red and black, so a yellow and black one seems pretty exotic to me. Sorry I can’t help with identifying the species, but I love your image with all of that yellow, which gives it a cheery feel.
The black and red Ladybugs/Lady birds are the standard Harlequin Ladybugs. I loved that fact that he was on the yellow and it created a nice contrast and the yellow is really vibrant.
Good detective work and a nice shot.
Thanks Andrew, it did take a bit of detective work but it is worth it to know what you have captured.
great macro shot! I love that he matches the flowers.
It was a little bit like camouflage and I saw a few others on similar plants. Maybe they are drawn to the bright colours.
Great shots and colors. That is quite the find amongst the exact same color flower
I was sitting on a rock when I noticed him. There were others like him on similar flowers so I guess they like this plant.
Great eye. I love the yellow on yellow. Your photo makes me vaguely reminiscent of where I grew up, where we had red, yellow, even orange ladybugs. Thanks for the memory!