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Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata

Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata (often abbreviated to Psyllobora 22-punctata), the 22-spot ladybird, (earlier known as Thea vigintiduopunctata L.) is a 3–5 mm long ladybird commonly found in Europe .[2] Unlike most other ladybirds which feed on aphids, P. 22-punctata eats mildew — especially from umbellifers and low-growing shrubs .[3]

Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Psyllobora
Subgenus: Thea
Species: P. vigintiduopunctata
Binomial name
Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
(Linnaeus, 1758) [1]
P. vigintiduopunctata on grass in a forest

A Finnish name of this beetle, 22-pistepirkko, is the origin of the name of the popular band.


  1. ^ Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturæ, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis, Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Holmiæ: impensis direct. Laurentii Salvii. i–ii, 1–824 pp
  2. ^ G. Bradley (2006). "22-spot ladybird". UK Safari. 
  3. ^ Michael Chinery (1993). Collins Field Guide: Insects of Britain and Northern Europe. 3rd edition. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-219918-1.