Stethorus pusillus

    Description

    Size 1.2 to 1.5 mm. A very small member of the ladybird family, this is a rather hairy, black species with pale orange legs.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters. This is a rare species in VC55 so please retain the specimen in case it is required.

    Habitat

    Lives on shrubs and deciduous trees, especially on the underside of lime leaves.

    When to see it

    Peak is probably May to July.

    Life History

    Specialized spider mite predator.

    UK Status

    Status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

    VC55 Status

    Rare, or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map