Rhyzobius litura


    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. 

    Identification difficulty

    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.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map