Pine Ladybird - Exochomus quadripustulatus


    This is a small ladybird (3 to 4 mm), with red comma-like front spots on the black elytra and a flange around the base of each elytron.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • 3-4mm
    • comma like spots
    Recording advice

    Photo or comments should confirm comma-like spots.


    Though mainly found in areas of Pine, it also lives on other trees and shrubs, such as Hawthorn when its preferred Pine is absent.

    When to see it

    April to October.

    Life History

    It feeds on aphids and other pests such as scale insects. It overwinters in leaf litter, foliage and bark crevices of evergreen trees and shrubs.

    UK Status

    A reasonably common species across England

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 186 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map