Scymnus interruptus

    Alt Name
    Red-flanked Ladybird
    Description

    A tiny (1.5 to 2.2 mm), hairy ladybird.  It is very distinctive. Being black with a red triangle on each wing case. Diagnostically these reach the side of the wing case and even extend to the underside edge (the epipleuron). Some also show red around the face area.  The legs are brown.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Although the species is quite distinctive, it appears to be very uncommon in our area so an image is requested to support any record for the time being.

    Habitat

    Hedges, bushes and shrubs, often in garden locations. Sometimes associated with ivy.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Food: mealybugs and armoured scale insects.

    UK Status

    Its stronghold is the south east of England but it seems to be extending its range further north.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, but may be overlooked due to its small size.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

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