Stethorus pusillus


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.


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

Widespread in England.

VC55 Status

Rare, or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
05/05/2019 (Skevington, Mark)
Last record:
05/05/2019 (Skevington, Mark)

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