Adult: 7mm to 8.5mm in length making it the largest ladybird found in Ireland. The elytra is red with 18 black spots of varying size. Each spot is usually surrounded by a pale cream ring. The pronotum is black with a broad white wavy-edged border and two white spots on the back edge. Legs are black.
Larvae: Dark colour. The orange mark on the prothorax is diagnostic.
Adult habitat & habits
Seems to be associated with needled conifers, in particular scots pine Pinus sylvestris and sitka spruce Picea sitchensis
Feeds on aphids
It occurs right across Europe, Central Asia and east to China and the Korean peninsula.
Can be found across the country but appears to be uncommon
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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How can you help
Please submit any sightings of this species to Ladybird Survey
Roy, H., Brown, P., Frost, R. & Poland, R. 2011. Ladybirds (Cocciinellidae) of Britain & Ireland. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, U.K.
Roy, H.E., Brown, M.J., Comont, R.F., Poland, R.L. & Sloggett, J.J. 2013. Ladybirds. Naturalists' Handbook No. 10 (2nd Edition). Pelagic Publishing, UK.