16-spot Ladybird Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata (Linnaeus, 1758)
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The 16-spot Ladybird is a small (3-4mm) species, favouring grassland where it can be found in numbers on flowers, but is quite common in the Sherwood NNR. It is considerably overlooked and seems generally common at Eakring Meadows. Like the 14-spot Ladybird, there is always a darkened midline and some spots occasionally join up. However, its small size, paler colour and rounded spots, all help to easily distinguish it from the 14-spot Ladybird.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Wil Heeney. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Tim Sexton. Meg Skinner. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Howard Williams. Jenny Wallace. Charlie Barnes. NBGRC. Natural England - Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI & Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI, Nottinghamshire Saproxylic invertebrate survey, Natural England Field Unit, April-October 2018. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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