14 spot ladybird  (Propylea quatuordecimpunctata)

The 14 spot ladybird Propylea quatuordecimpunctata is 4 to 6 millimeter long and easy to distinguish from other species due to its yellow color and black spots on the elytra, but especially because of the square shape of these spots. There is some variation within the species; Many copies are yellow with black spots, but some have very large black spots, and therefore have a predominantly black color with yellow spots. Sometimes the elytra look a little bit like a chessboard.

14 spot ladybird larva

Mode of Action:

Adults as well as larvae all consume the aphids totally. Both adults and larvae are very mobile, running from plant to plant. Especially in northern european countries they are already active early in the season in contrast to other zpahid predators that become really active only later in the season, often too late to prevent aphid outbreaks.


For the control of many types of aphids in greenhouses and indoor plantings. Best time to introduce is in early spring. Consider repeated introductions. The product is sensitive to various chemical plant protection products. Ask advice for introduction strategy.

effect of PROPYLEA

  • ault and larva very actively moving and searching for prey
  • larva and adult prey on all stages of aphid
  • larvae within 2-3 weeks after introduction
  • pupates on the leaves
  • slight preference for foxglove aphid
  • sucked empty aphid skins will remain

The product PROPYLEA


100 adults per package in transparant box with wood fibers.

Shelf life:
maximum 1 day at 8-10°C.

Apply at temperatures from 15 ° C. Propylea quatuordecimpunctata survives lower temperatures and overwinters as adults.


  • foxglove aphid
  • potato aphid
  • yellow rose aphid