The two-spot ladybird is very common and has very similar habits to the seven-spot ladybird.
Two-spot ladybirds are 4-6mm in length.
Two-spot ladybirds are small round beetles with red elytra (wing cases), each with a single black spot. The thorax is black with two large white markings at the side and the head is black. The colouration and patterning of these beetles can be quite variable.
They are widespread and common in Britain and Europe.
Two-spot ladybirds inhabit gardens, woodland and hedgerows.
They have a varied diet of small insects but favour plant-lice and aphids.
Larvae and adults patrol plants hunting for insects to eat. In winter adult ladybirds congregate in large numbers to hibernate. They are sometimes found hibernating indoors, where they like to gather together in the corners of window frames.
Females lay up to 20 eggs. Larvae pupate about 30 days after hatching.
They are not listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List 2000.