Fourteen-spot Ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata (14-punctata)

Fourteen-spot Ladybird
Fourteen-spot Ladybird taking flight
As is the case with several ladybirds, you'd be forgiven for not knowing why the Fourteen-spot is so-named. Many of the spots, often rectangular, are fused, so that it is not clear that there are assumed to be 7 on each wing case. It has a cream or pale yellow background colour with large black spots and a dark central line between its wings.
There is also a rare form with a black background and yellow/cream spots, caused by fusing of all the dark spots to leave only pale, enclosed spaces.
Fourteen-spot Ladybird
14-spot Ladybird
14-spot Ladybird anchor motif
The spots and central line often fuse to form an anchor shape on its back. It is 1-2mm larger and darker than the 16-spot yellow ladybird that also has a black central line and brown legs.
Fourteen-spot Ladybird with aphids
Fourteen-spot Ladybird and aphids
Fourteen-spot Ladybird
Common through much of Eurasia, it eats aphids.
Fourteen-spot Ladybirds coupled
A couple
14-spot Ladybirds coupled together
14-spot Ladybirds coupled together
These two stayed coupled together as they walked along the water iris blade . . .
Fourteen-spot Ladybirds and bug . . . past a distressed bug (probably protecting eggs or young)
Fourteen-spot Ladybirds coupled together
14-spot Ladybirds . . . and even under the leaf blade.
Fourteen-spot Ladybird
Fourteen-spot Ladybird with deformed wing This one has a deformed wing case
Fourteen-spot Ladybird larva The 14-spot Ladybird larva is black and white