Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata

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Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Psyllobora
P. vigintiduopunctata
Binomial name
Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata on grass in a forest

Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata (often abbreviated to Psyllobora 22-punctata), the 22-spot ladybird, (earlier known as Thea vigintiduopunctata) is a common, 3–5 mm long ladybird native to Europe.[2] The elytra are yellow in colour with 22 black spots. The pronotum is yellow or white with 5 black spots.[3] Unlike most other ladybirds which feed on aphids, P. 22-punctata eats mildew — especially from umbellifers and low-growing shrubs .[4] The 22-spot ladybird is best looked for amongst low vegetation.[5]



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  2. ^ G. Bradley (2006). "22-spot ladybird". UK Safari.
  3. ^ Ansari Pour A, Shakarami J. Recognition of ladybird fauna (Col.: Coccinellidae) in the alfalfa fields of Khorramabad. The Journal of Animal & Plant Sciences. 2012; 22(4):939-943.
  4. ^ Michael Chinery (1993). Collins Field Guide: Insects of Britain and Northern Europe. 3rd edition. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-219918-1.
  5. ^ Mathias, Dilllen (April 18, 2017). "Stronger diversity effects with increased environmental stress: A study of multitrophic interactions between oak, powdery mildew and ladybirds". PLOS ONE. 12 (4): e0176104. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0176104. PMC 5395233. PMID 28419174.