Pine Ladybird - Exochomus quadripustulatus

Description

This is a small ladybird (3 to 4 mm), with red comma-like front spots on the black elytra and a flange around the base of each elytron.

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Habitat

Though mainly found in areas of Pine, it also lives on other trees and shrubs, such as Hawthorn when its preferred Pine is absent.

When to see it

April to October.

Life History

It feeds on aphids and other pests such as scale insects. It overwinters in leaf litter, foliage and bark crevices of evergreen trees and shrubs.

UK Status

A reasonably common species across England

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 186 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map