The ladybird species found in the UK
Ladybirds belong to the scientific family Coccinellidae. In Britain, some 46 species belong to this family, although only 26 of these are recognisable as ladybirds.
Many species are named after a number of spots. Counting the spots is not always a good way to identify them though, as the number of spots can vary a lot. Not all ladybirds even have spots; some have stripes, patches or streaks.
If spot number alone isn’t a good indication, there are other useful characteristics to observe:
wing case colour: colour and shape of spots or markings: leg colour: body length and the colour of the pronotum – the small section of casing between the head and the wing cases.