Beetles are a vaste group of insects which are found throughout the world and the Irish ladybirds are but a very small section. Most of us recognise the conspicuous 7-spot but more than twenty other species have been reported from Ireland and may be found in gardens, parks and the wider countryside.
However, we know relatively little about the natural history of lrish ladybirds and effects of of climate and habitat change on native species and immigrants.
So this project aims to:

             study the natural history of ladybirds of County Dublin and its neighbouring
counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow

         find out which ladybirds occur in the region including invasive ones

         gather information on their frequency of occurrence

         study the behaviour and ecology of these beetles

         establish where and when they spend  their lives as adult, egg, larva and pupa

         provide information on their feeding patterns and time of emergence


Records and supporting photographs are welcome from members of the general public - please see links below under "Publications .....".

Attendance at events that may be organised by the Field Club are, of necessity, restricted to members of the Club and their guests. New members are most welcome.

The Dublin Naturalists' Field Club's Records Policy
Ladybird Records submitted to the Dublin Naturalists' Field Club remain the property of the record creater and the data received willl be used for this project only and will not be passed on to a third person or organisation. You may down load a copy of our policy in pdf format by clicking on the ladybird icon immediately below:


Key to Irish Ladybirds :                  

You may submit records to the Dublin Ladybird Project, with photographs, by following the link.:

Reports on hibernating ladybirds welcome                                        

A recording form for the Dublin Ladybird Project may be downloaded here:    

You may obtain grid references from gridreference. ie                                             

List of ladybirds and Scientific Names:    

Gallery of Photographs    

Anatomy of the Ladybird

Publications and Websites of interest:                                                                                      

  Email: ladybird [at]

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