Sixteen-spot Ladybird Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata

Sixteen-spot Ladybird
Sixteen-spot Ladybird
It is hard to know why this tiny ladybird is called the Sixteen-spot. It doesn't seem to have 16 spots and several other ladybirds do (the Orange Ladybird usually and the Harlequin sometimes). It has a cream or yellowy-beige background colour with chocolate brown or black spots, a thick, jagged dark line on each side and a dark central line between its wings. If the jagged bar counts as three fused spots, then the ladybird has 8 or 9 on each wing (16-18 on the wing cases), but typically a further 4 or 6 on the "pronotum" or thorax cover.
Sixteen-spot Ladybird
16-spot Ladybird
16-spot Ladybird
It is far smaller and paler than the 14-spot yellow ladybird that also has a black central line and brown legs.
Sixteen-spot Ladybird
Sixteen-spot Ladybird in web This little creature was rescued from being a spider's lunch
Sixteen-spot Ladybird 3mm It is typical size at only 3mm long
Sixteen-spot Ladybird
Sixteen-spot Ladybird
16-spot Ladybird
It eats pollen, mildew and fungus and usually lives in rough grass.
Sixteen-spot Ladybird pronotum pattern Poor photo, only included to show fused spots on the pronotum
Sixteen-spot Ladybird The usual fused side bar
16-spot Ladybird Easy to miss in the rough grass