This ladybird is not often seen or even recognised as a ladybird. It is small without much pattern (commonly three indistinct spots on each elytron (wing case) and dull, due to small hairs all over the surface. It has quite long antennae. Prosternal keel triangular with pointed apex.
It is found amongst dense patches of various plants, and often, but not always, in dry places.
Spring to late autumn.
Adults hibernate near ground level.
Widespread and generally common throughout England and lowland Wales, in the west there is a tendency towards a coastal distribution. Much more sparse and local through Scotland.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 126 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015