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Ladybird Beetles

A pair of 24-spot ladybirds, Subcoccinella vigintiquatuorpunctata = Subcoccinella 24-punctata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).  Unlike most other ladybird beetles, which prey upon aphids, these are vegetarian.  At 3-4mm long these are distinctively smaller than the commoner Coccinella septempunctata and Harmonia axyridis (6-8mm long).

This is another one that I had seen ten minutes earlier:

Photos taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2012-05-13.

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