Scymnus interruptus

Alternative names
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 which reaches 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 (c.f. Scymnus frontalis). 

Similar Species

Scymnus frontalis

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

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Species group:
Beetles
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Coleoptera
Family:
Coccinellidae
Records on NatureSpot:
14
First record:
12/04/2020 (Jones, Dick)
Last record:
02/02/2024 (Graves, Hazel)

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