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Ladybird

Observed: 19th March 2011 By: yorkieyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Amongst the several 7-spot Ladybirds on my E. japonicus in sunshine today was this small (~4mm) black ladybird with 4 orange spots. Initially I thought it may be a black form of the widespread 2-spot Ladybird but it seems to have a rim around the edge of the elytra and also comma shaped front spots, so I'm wondering if it may be Pine Ladybird. However there are no Pines in the immediate vicinity although there are some in the Forest of Dean.

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rimo's picture

You got the ID features

You got the ID features exactly right - this is definitely Pine Ladybird. Despit the name, they are not predominantly conifer specialists - they're equally at home on any tree species. They (and the similar Kidney-Spot ladybird) are frequently found on Euonymus species as they feed on scale insects and mealybugs, which often infect the shrubs. One of the 'early riser' species of ladybirds, they've been out and about for a good few weeks now

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Thank you

Rimo

Thanks for this additional, re-assuring information about its habitat. This was my first sighting of this species, so I was hopeful, but not certain of the id. With it's shiny black surface I found it a really difficult insect to photograph though!

Regards

Yorkie

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I know, they're ridiculously

I know, they're ridiculously glossy! I photographed an aggregation last December, think the entire scene can be seen reflected in them!

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