Orange ladybird (Halyzia 16-guttata)

Orange ladybird (Halyzia 16-guttata)

 

Orange ladybird (Halyzia 16-guttata)
Size: 4.5 - 6mm
Basic colour: orange
Pattern colour: white spots
Number of spots: 12-16
Spot fusions: none
Melanic (black) form: no

Pronotum: orange
Leg colour: orange
Habitat: deciduous trees
Host plant: deciduous trees, particularly sycamore and ash
Overwintering: leaf litter or in sheltered positions on trees
Food: mildews

Other notes: Considered an indicator of ancient woodland until 1987. Has become widespread since it became common on sycamore trees. Recently has also moved onto ash trees and appears to be increasing in abundance. It is attracted to light and is often found in moth-traps. Rarely breeds before mid-June.