Ladybirds are insects belonging to the order Coleoptera, that is the 'Beetles'. These insects are characterised by a harden front pair of wings covering the body. Ladybirds belong to the family Coccinellidae within the beetle order. They are small, have short antennae, are mainly round in shape and have a retractable head and retractable legs. There are 46 different species in this family in Britain, including 24 species of the 'typical' ladybirds with strongly coloured wings with various spotted patterns. Ladybirds are very beneficial insects as most of them feed on aphids (greenflies and blackflies) that often are pests on some garden plants and crops.
Here we invite everyone who sees a ladybird in the parish to report it to O.B.S. in order to monitor their presence.
If you need help identifying ladybird species, check the 'Field guides' section of this web site. More information on British ladybirds is also available on the UK ladybird Survey's web site.
Send your ladybird records directly by email, or include them in your 'Wildlife diary' if you already fill one in. A ladybird recording sheet is also available in the 'library' section of this web site. All confirmed records will be forwarded to the UK Ladybird Survey.
The 15 species seen in the parish so far...