Orange Ladybird - Halyzia sedecimguttata

Description

Easy to identify, with its orange/yellow head, body and legs.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It is often found in woodland, particularly around Sycamore and Ash trees.

When to see it

April to October.

Life History

It feeds on mildew and overwinters in leaf litter or in sheltered positions on trees.

UK Status

This species was once closely associated with ancient woodland but is now increasing in the UK as it has adapted to feed on Sycamore and Ash.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 285 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map