Ladybirds and their larvae are some of the most recognisable beetles, no matter where your location! Both mature adults and the larvae are skilled garden minibeasts, predating Aphids, Scale Insects, Whitefly and Caterpillars in some cases. One ladybird larvae can eat up to 100 aphids in one day!
Ladybird larvae look very different compared with the adults. They're small (approx <1cm), elongated and spikey with no shell. They typically have spots and stripes of colour, and most are dark-coloured.
Although a vast majority of ladybirds are garden-friendly, there's one group which can be problematic. The subfamily Epilachninae are herbivores, attacking the leaves and fruits of some vegetables. Where they occur, they can be minor garden pests.
There are approximately 40 species of ladybird in the UK!