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Sospita vigintiguttata - Up close and personal For details see with this image of same critter:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113695/sospita_vigintiguttata_-_inbetweeny.html" title="Sospita vigintiguttata - Inbetweeny"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/113695_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=U5PCqwr5SagX6ktWanQhH8cncUA%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Sospita vigintiguttata - Inbetweeny Today Jeanette spotted another Sospita vigintiguttata in the garden. Always a highlight to find this scarce species and in the garden no less, even if on this one the elytra are heavily damaged/dented on both sides, but it was still alive :o)<br />
Couldn&acute;t resist taking another mugshot and managed it a bit closer this time: https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113696/sospita_vigintiguttata_-_up_close_and_personal.html Also a glimpse of the underside, that is notably paler than the other ventral image of the species that I already had here: https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113697/sospita_vigintiguttata_-_upskirt.html<br />
This &quot;wreck&quot; nicely shows an &quot;inbetweeny&quot; state of colouring: In fall, the newly born are brown with white spots and over winter they gain more intense colours to reach a black with yellow pattern. This one in early spring is &quot;inbetween&quot; the two states, with the pale spots having a hard time deciding if they want to be yellow or white. For comparison here are the &quot;fresh&quot; and &quot;mature&quot; colours: https://www.jungledragon.com/image/106969/sospita_vigintiguttata_-_brown.html https://www.jungledragon.com/image/78793/sospita_vigintiguttata_-_lateral.html Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coleoptera,Jane&#039;s garden,Sospita,Sospita vigintiguttata,nl: Twintigvleklieveheersbeestje" /></a></figure> Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coleoptera,Jane's garden,Sospita,Sospita vigintiguttata,nl: Twintigvleklieveheersbeestje Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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Sospita vigintiguttata (Linnaeus 1758) is a Ladybird Beetle with a Palearctic distribution. It is known from a large number of countries ranging from the Iberian peninsula to eastern Russia (probably), but it is rare or scarce over it's entire range.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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Uploaded Apr 26, 2021.