Meadow Ladybird - Rhyzobius litura

Description

This ladybird is not often seen or even recognised as a ladybird. Typically marked specimens have a dark horse-shoe mark at the base of the elytra but this variable and totally pale orange specimens are common. The prosternal process provides the clearest ID feature - this is long and triangular with pointed apex. 

Similar Species

Rhyzobius chrysomeloides can look similar but has a prosternal process that is parallel-sided from the base to the mid-point then with a rounded tip.

Identification difficulty

for typically marked specimens

Recording advice

If your specimen has a clear, typical elytral pattern then a good image will suffice, otherwise a photo of the prosternal process is required.

Habitat

It is found amongst dense patches of various plants, and often, but not always, in dry places.

When to see it

Spring to late autumn.

Life History

Adults hibernate near ground level.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

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

UK Map

Species profile

Species group:
Beetles
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Coleoptera
Family:
Coccinellidae
Records on NatureSpot:
49
First record:
01/05/1996 (Derek Lott)
Last record:
16/08/2023 (Timms, Sue)

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