14-spot Ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)
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A common Ladybird that has it's UK stronghold in the Midlands. It is always recognised by the dark mid-line and square spots. There are usually fourteen distinct spots but these are variable in size and can be joined in some adults. We have only seen one distinctive variant amongst what is probably thousands of specimens, but the females in both sets of photographs showing pairs in cop, do show some variation in the yellow background colouration. The distinctive white coloured example, was found at Eakring Flash in August 2010. In Nottinghamshire, the 14-spot Ladybird is a very common species and an easy find on low vegetation.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Propylea quattuordecimpunctata
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Wil Heeney. Pauline Bradford. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Tim Sexton. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Allan and Annette Binding. Meg Skinner. Wil Heeney. Nottingham City Council. Darren Matthews. Sean Tobin. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Jim Flanagan. Liam Andrews. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

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Updated February 2017

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