Does anybody know what this small invertebrate is? It appears to be feeding on Willow Rust.
No interactions present.
Is it eating the rust do you think?
It's not eating anything at the moment - the pupal stage is the equivalent of the chrysalis in butterflies, a dormant life stage while the larvae changes to an adult. This is the pupa of one of the aphid-eating ladybirds (can't tell which from the photo), so won't have been eating the rust beforehand either.
Record your ladybird sightings!
Lat/Lng: 51.7, -2.8
OS grid ref: SO4510