Crawling along a sycamore tree leaf, finding cover on the underside.
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could this ladybird be an Orange Ladybird (Halyzia 16-guttata)as the Cream-spot Ladybirds seem to have darker elytra colour?
Added a revision. Looked it up on the Ladybird survey website and let's face it, they could be twins. Thanks for the useful resource.
Twins yes, but far from identical - they're quite easy to differentiate once you get your eye in! The easiest way to tell them apart is to look at the placement of the white elytral spots - they're in stripes for cream-spot, and triangles, as here, for Orange. Cream-spot also has a darker elytral base colour, more chestnut than orange, and doesn't have the translucent edges to the pronotum.
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Sorry about the delay in responding. I actually meant twins with the Halyzia 16-guttata on the Ladybird survey website, but I can see how I confused things. When you see them on there, it is almost impossible to reach any other conclusion. Thanks for websites and advice, it's great to have places to record sightings - when you have the correct identification, of course.
Thanks! I'd just mention that the ID doesn't need to be definite when you submit it, as long as you include a photo/specimen - we check every supported record that comes in and let you know the true ID
Are the short form names still considered valid, I thought there was a recent ICZN decision not to allow them. Should this not there be Halyzia sedecimguttata?
Lat/Lng: 51.7, -3.9
OS grid ref: SN7103