14-Spot Ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata in Ireland

14-spot ladybird, Bóín Dé or Propylea quattuordecimpunctata 14-spot ladybird, Bóín Dé or Propylea quattuordecimpunctata

One of the few yellow ladybirds to be found in Ireland is the 14-spot ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata which, like most ladybirds, feasts on the gardener's enemy - aphids.

Here, seen walking around looking for dinner this charming ladybird is sure to make anyone growing fruit and vegetables happy.

Also known as ladybugs in North America, the Irish name for ladybirds is Bóín Dé which translates as 'God's little cow' - quite a pleasant name for this little beetle.

 

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