Can you help record the North East’s ladybirds in 2021? By taking part in the North East Ladybird Spot, you’ll help increase our understanding of these iconic insects.


Target Species to search for


Months to take part


Records shared so far

Join the North East Ladybird Spot

Ladybirds are some of the North East’s most beautiful and iconic invertebrates, but there are still important questions to be answered about their distribution.

The UK Ladybird Survey aims to encourage the recording of the 46 ladybird species found within the UK. In 2021, your observations will make a difference for the species found across our region.

Urban or rural, enthusiast or expert, wherever you are in the region, your sightings will help reveal the mysteries surrounding ladybirds in the North East.

This spring and summer, join the North East Ladybird Spot from the Tees to the Tweed to increase knowledge and understanding of these exquisite invertebrates.

Discover the North East Ladybird Spot

Find out all you need to know to take part in new short video by entomologists, Gordon Port and Charlotte Rankin

Seven-spot Ladybird © James Common

Share your records

Taking part in North East Ladybird Spot is simple. Locate a ladybird, take a photo and submit your record to the project portal on iRecord.

Sightings of all ladybird species are welcome. Whether you’ve observed one of the nine target species, or something else, you can share your sighting below.

Please note that only records submitted to the North East Ladybird Spot iRecord activity will count towards the project.

If you have an iRecord account, you can add the Ladybird Spot to your Activities by joining here and click on the blue ‘Join’ button. You can then access the ladybird recording form via your Activities page on iRecord.

Orange Ladybird © Chris Newman

Meet the target species

In 2021, we need your help to record nine distinctive North East ladybirds.

From the familiar Seven-spot Ladybird to the distinctive Orange Ladybird, all of these species could be encountered in gardens and green spaces near you.

Meet the target species and find out how to identify them below.

22-spot Ladybird © Charlotte Rankin

Help with identification

The North East is home to many more species of ladybird and there is always the chance that you could encounter something different.

The UK Ladybird Survey has compiled a checklist of the UK’s conspicuous ladybirds that can be used to help you identify your finds.

If you need help identifying a ladybird you’ve spotted, you can email your sightings to us at or contact us on social media – we’ll do our best to help.

More on North East Ladybirds

Explore a range of helpful articles and resources to help you observe, record and enjoy ladybirds this spring and summer.

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Dr Gordon Port introduces the anatomy and life cycle of Britain’s diverse and beautiful ladybirds….
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Perfect for participants of the North East Ladybird Spot, explore a helpful range of ladybird resources to help you this summer….
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Local naturalist, Charlotte Rankin, provides a short guide to red-spotted ladybird species found in the North East….
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Take a closer look at the specialist ladybirds that you could spot in the North East with naturalist, Charlotte Rankin….
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Local naturalist, Charlotte Rankin, provides a short guide to ladybird spotting across the North East this spring and summer….
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Take a look back at your North East Ladybird Spot highlights so far in a new blog from local naturalist, Charlotte Rankin….
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NHSN Conservation Officer, Charlotte Rankin, examines your finds and observations made in week one of the North East Ladybird Spot….
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Naturalist, David Raffle, examines your observations and discoveries made during week six of the North East Ladybird Spot….
7-spot Ladybird © Gilles San Martin

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Your support empowers passionate NHSN volunteers to carry out wildlife research and conservation across the North East.

When you become a member, you’ll receive year-round access to Gosforth Nature Reserve, regular publications and much, much more.

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