Horseshoe Ladybird - Clitostethus arcuatus

    Description

    A tiny ladybird with a length of only 1.2 to 1.5 mm.  It is dark brown with a pale cream horseshoe-shaped mark in the centre of the elytra.  The legs are creamy brown in colour.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Although the species is quite distinctive, it appears to be very uncommon in our area so an image is requested to support any record for the time being.

    Habitat

    Its host plant is Ivy and it can be found by sweeping Ivy clad trees and fences etc.

    When to see it

    Usually found from late spring to autumn.

    Life History

    It overwinters in bark crevices and under bark.

    UK Status

    It appears to be widespread in the southern half of Britain, but is probably grossly under recorded due to its small size.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.  The Sapcote record of 2020 was the first record of this species in VC55 since 1872.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map