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Ladybird Spotters
This part of the website is aimed at younger people and children. You will find out lots of interesting facts about ladybirds, and activities you can do to learn more about them.

Harlequin ladybird (H. axyridis) preying on aphids © Bev Wigney, Crocodile Pbase gallery

What do ladybirds eat?

A few species feed on plants or mildew but most ladybirds eat aphids (greenfly) or scale insects. Both are garden pests and this is why so many people love to see ladybirds. The seven-spot ladybird can eat 5000 aphids during its year long lifespan.

do ladybirds get more spots as they get older?

No. The number of spots does not relate to age at all!

Any other questions?

If you have any questions you would like to ask the Ladybird Survey Team then please e-mail us:

You can have a go at designing your very own ladybird. Just print out this simple ladybird shape (PDF format), and let your imagination do the rest!

Why not have a go at the Spotted Game, on the Nature Detectives website? It's great fun!

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