Epaulet Ladybird - Rhyzobius chrysomeloides

Description

2.3 to 3.5 mm. A hairy species that is generally darker brown than the similar and more common R. litura and often with dark U-shaped mark towards end of elytra. Detailed examination (prosternal keel broad with parallel central sides and rounded apex) is needed to separate Rhyzobius chrysomeloides from similar species, especially R. litura.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

Habitat

Associated with trees such as pines, conifers, deciduous trees and also with Ivy.

When to see it

May be encountered in most months of the year.

UK Status

Mainly found in the southern half of Britain. This species is now apparently spreading and has been recorded from Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire as well as in our area. First found in Britain as recently as 1996.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland where it was first encountered in 2010, it may be becoming more frequent in our area.

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Species profile

Species group:
Beetles
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Coleoptera
Family:
Coccinellidae
Records on NatureSpot:
13
First record:
07/04/2019 (Finch, Graham and Anona)
Last record:
16/02/2023 (Cann, Alan)

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