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.
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.
Lives on shrubs and deciduous trees, especially on the underside of lime leaves.
Peak is probably May to July.
Specialized spider mite predator.
Status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.
Rare, or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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