Cream-streaked Ladybird - Harmonia quadripunctata

    Description

    This is a medium sized ladybird (5-6 mm), recognised by the black speckled pattern on its head and pronotum. Its body colour varies but is usually salmon, pink or yellow. The number of spots is very variable.

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    Habitat

    Its usual habitat is Pine woodland where it can often be found resting head-down on pine buds where it is very well camouflaged. It can also be found on Nettle.

    When to see it

    April to October.

    Life History

    It feeds on aphids and overwinters in Pine trees.

    UK Status

    This is a relatively new species in Britain, it was first recorded in 1939 and is generally uncommon especially further north.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 33 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map