Larch Ladybird - Aphidecta obliterata

Description

Size 4 to 5 mm. Elytra are light tan brown in colour, with very little patterning except perhaps a dark oblique line posteriorly and various small blotches and spots. The pronotum is beige with brown M mark, and the legs are brown.

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Habitat

Needled conifers, especially Larch, but also on other firs, pines, etc.

When to see it

Mainly in spring and summer.

Life History

Probably relies on camouflage for defence against birds, but can also reflex bleed. It overwinters in the bark crevices of conifers.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.  There were a total of 61 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map