Rhyzobius lophanthae

Description

Rhyzobius lophanthae is a small ladybird with a length between 1.7 and 2.8 mm. The head and prothorax are dull orange or reddish-brown, as is the underside, both being densely covered with short hairs of two lengths. The elytra (wing cases) are blackish, often with a metallic bronze sheen.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

Habitat

Parks and gardens, especially where cypress trees are present.

When to see it

Usually encountered in the warmer months.

UK Status

Rhyzobius lophanthae is a species native to New Zealand which was reported in London in 2008.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland although it may be moving into our area.

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

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