Nephus quadrimaculatus


    Length: 1.5 to 2 mm.  Basic colour is black with four (two pairs) reddish-brown kidney-shaped spots, the front pair being larger than the rear pair.  Pronotum and head colour is black.  Leg colour: brown.  Other features: hairy; abdomen has a reddish-brown tip. 

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    Habitats: gardens, woodlands and other habitats where the host plant Ivy is prevalent. 

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Feeds on scale insects. Overwinters in Ivy.

    UK Status

    Although quite widespread in the southern half of Britain, it is very local and not well recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Rare, or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Knighton record of March 2020 is the first for VC55.

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