It seems that a ladybird in search of a mate doesn’t discriminate between species. Does a cross species result in offspring and if so are hybrids produced?
Ladybirds are regularly seen anywhere where there are plenty of green plants such as gardens, woodlands, hedgerows and fields. Most ladybirds feed off aphids and other small insects such as spider mites or mealy bugs, so should be considered as the gardeners’ friends. They will also eat the whitefly that we have been plagued with this year – that is if they can catch them! One or two ladybirds are vegetarian and eat mildew and fungi and so are also beneficial to our plants.