Over all length 3 to 4.5mm. A black species with four red spots, the front ones are characteristically comma-shaped. The elytra have a distinct rim around them.
Not necessarily seen on pine trees. A wide range of habitats are used, including deciduous woodland and grassland. Adults and larvae feed on scale insects and aphids.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread in England, Wales and southern Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded at Netherfield Lagoons.
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