Eyed Ladybird - Anatis ocellata

Description

At about 8 or 9 mm the Eyed Ladybird is our largest ladybird and its red elytra usually have 15 or 18 spots, but this may vary. Apart from its relatively large size, it is distinct from other ladybirds in usually (but not always) having pale borders around the black spots.

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Habitat

Usually found on pine trees.

When to see it

Spring to autumn.

Life History

It eats adelgids (Pine aphids).

UK Status

Widespread but local in Britain, perhaps restricted by its dependence on Pine.

VC55 Status

Infrequent and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 58 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map