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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