Taxonomy

Aphidecta obliterata | Larch Ladybird

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not assessed

Legal status

Not protected

Species Biology

Identification

Adult: 4mm to 5mm in length. Body colour variable, ranging from pink through tan to yellowish-brown. The protonum is white or cream-coloured with a distinctive dark brown 'M'-shaped mark towards the back edge. The legs are orange-brown. 

Larvae:  pale grey body and few hairs on bumps. Difficult to separate from the larvae of some other species.

Adult habitat & habits

Associated with conifers, particularly firs and larch.

Diet

Feeds on aphids

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

It occurs across Europe to the Urals, and is found in parts of North America. It is widespread in Britain. 

Irish distribution

Seems to be widespread but there are knowledge gaps on its true distribution in Ireland

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020

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How can you help

Please submit any sightings of this species to Ladybird Survey

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