False Ladybird - Endomychus coccineus

Description

A strikingly coloured beetle, which is often mistaken for a ladybird. It is generally red in colour but it has four black spots, two on each elytron and a dark black mark in the centre of the pronotum. There is nothing else quite like it so identification is fairly straightforward.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

A fungus eater living under the bark of dead or dying trees especially beech and birch.

When to see it

Mainly from April to September.

Life History

Associated with fungi.

UK Status

It has been found in most areas of Britain but most records come from the southern half of the country.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 8 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map