|The two common colour forms of the 2-spot ladybird mating on a reedmace|
|24-spot ladybird found in loose soil on an ant-nest|
|11-spot ladybird escaping digging of soil|
|Adonis' ladybird on plastic on a farm|
|Kidney-spot ladybird - note the yellow fungus growing at the rear|
Majerus, M. & Kearns, P. (1989). Ladybirds. Richmond, Slough. An excellent little book with detailed keys to species, including the 'micros' - a new edition is being prepared.
Majerus, M., Roy, H., Brown, P. & Ware, R. (2006). Guide to Ladybirds of the British Isles. FSC, Preston Montford. A fold-out laminated sheet perfect for beginners.
Roy, H., Brown, P., Frost, R. & Poland, R. (2011). Ladybirds (Coccinellidae) of Britain and Ireland. FSC, Shrewsbury. Details of all species including maps, identification features, ecology and so on.
Common and scientific names of species mentioned here
7-spot: Coccinella septempunctata
Harlequin: Harmonia axyridis
2-spot: Adalia bipunctata
24-spot: Subcoccinella 24-punctata
11-spot: Coccinella 11-punctata
Adonis: Hippodamia variegata
Kidney-spot: Chilocorus renipustulatus