24-spot Ladybird

Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata

Description

Over all length 3 - 4mm. This is a small red ladybird with black spots which are variable in number. It is also covered in short, fine hairs, which make it look dull compared to other species.

Habitat

Grassland and woodland edge. Adults and larvae feed on mycelia of a fungus that grows on trees such as Ash, grasses and some Fabaceae species.

Status and distribution

It is widespread, but commonest in the south of Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

Spring and Autumn.