Adonis' Ladybird - Hippodamia variegata

    Alternative names
    Adonia variegata

    A small ladybird, measuring only 4 to 5 mm. It has red elytra with between 3 and 15 black spots, which are sometimes fused together and tend to be concentrated to the rear. The white pronotum is mostly covered with a black pattern and the legs are mainly black, but are brown near the ends. It is smaller and has a slightly more elongated, oval shaped body than the common Seven Spot Ladybird.

    Similar Species

    It could be confused with the 7 Spot Ladybird but the Adonis is smaller and more elongate.

    Identification difficulty

    it is usually most frequent on ruderal, weedy plants on sandy, open soils but is sometimes found in leaf litter or on rather derelict or industrial sites. 

    When to see it

    Best looked for in summer, but can be seen for most of the year in warm spells.

    Life History

    Feeds on aphids.

    UK Status

    Fairly widespread but local in Britain, it seems to be increasing in numbers in recent years and can be fairly frequent in suitable small areas.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire & Rutland. There were a total of 50 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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