What do you call a yellow ladybird with white spots?
If you're an avid gardener and spend many hours in the sunshine, chances are you've grown to know and love at least some of the insects and creepy crawlies in your garden.
Some bugs such as the lady beetle are well known and loved - becoming the centre of art and stories.
However, occasionally you're sure to come across a bug that you just don't recognize. The yellow ladybird with white spots might be one of these.
If you've seen one of those, you've probably been wondering if it's good for your garden and what exactly it is.
Well to cut a long story short, it is a ladybird. Ladybirds also come in browns, oranges and reds, although the red one is the most commonly known. The one pictured below is actually called an orange ladybird and come with 16 spots, unlike some other species which come with 12-14 spots. Its Latin name is Halyzia sedecimguttata.
How do you identify this ladybird beetle from other varieties? Well, it's the only one with sixteen spots AND the only one with yellow patches on the forefront of its body. (See image below.)
If you're worried about its diet - don't be. It eats various kinds of fungi so you'll be more likely to see them on mouldy or dying plants - unless you're growing mushrooms there's nothing to worry about!