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Section H

This group is for very rounded convex beetles, most found in a moth trap will belong to Coccinelidae, The ladybirds, but there are a few other surprises.

In theory, all 47 of British ladybirds can be attracted to light, so keep an eye out for anything interesting.

For further reading, I recommend Roy & Brown's excellent Field guide to the ladybirds of Great Britain and Ireland which has identification notes on them all.


7 Spot Coccinella septempunctata

One of the larger species of ladybird found in the UK, It's also one of the most common 

ID Features

5- 8 mm 

& spots 

Very little varability 

Black legs

Can be separated from the rarer 'Scarce 7 spot ladybird'by  the presence of 2 white triangular marks by the base of the second pair of legs 

7 spot

Eyed Ladybird Anatis ocellata


The UK's largest ladybird


ID Features

7-8.5 mm

Typically 15 spots usually with cream rings, however, spots may be missing in some variations

Pronotum with Black'space invader looking' M shape

Black legs


Orange Ladybird Halyzia sedecimguttata

ID Features

4.5-6 mm

Orange with typically 16 white spots

Pronotum orange often with 4 yellow spots

Orange legs


H. axyridis, variation succinea

Harlequin- Harmonia axyridis


One of the Large Common species in the UK, highly variable and often numerous.


ID Features

5-8 mm

yellow, orange, red, or black

Spots vary significantly

Pronotum white with up to 5 spots (may be fused), may also have an M-shaped mark (pictured) or a black trapezium shape in the center.

Brown legs

It is significantly larger than other variable species (similar size to the 7 spot)

There are some good examples of different variations on Nature spot


18 Spot- Myrrha octodecimguttata

A Maroon ladybird with, typically, 18 cream coloured spots, this can be somewhat variable, but the moustache shaped marking at the base of elytra is a good indicator for this species.

It is a conifer specialist.


ID Features

4-5 mm


cream spots (there is also a  checkered form)

rounded pronotum with cream markings at edges 

Brown/ red  legs


J. Gore

Cream Spot- Calvia quattuordecimguttata

ID Features



cream spots

Pronotum with cream marks at the side edges

Brown/red legs

A Maroon ladybird with, typically, 14 cream coloured spots.  This species. It is a deciduous tree specialist.


A. decempuntata,  variation decempunctata. Credit P. Rule

10 Spot- Adalia decempunctata


Probably the most variable Ladybird in Britain, and has caught plenty of people out. It is much smaller than the equally as variable Harlequin ladybird, and  has browl legs, which distinguishes it from another variable species, the 2 spot.

I have yet to collate images of the common variations, but for now there  is a good selection on Naturespot


ID Features

3.5-4.5 mm

May be Red,Orange or Yellow

Spot patterns can be checkered, in addition to spotted 

0-15 spotsal though  10 is typical, these may be black, cream, orange or brown

Pronotum White with 5 spots OR one large dark trapezium bordered by white.

Legs brown

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14 Spot- Propylea quattuordecimpunctata

One of my favourites with its distinctive yellow colour and rectangular spots

( that sometimes makes a smiley face).


ID Features

3.5-4.5 mm

Yellow with 14 square spots (sometimes fused)

Pronotum cream with either black spots or a cloud shape (where spots have fused)

Brown legs

14 spot

Rhyzobius forestieri


A recent addition to the British list (2014) , An Australian species introduced into France & Italy for control of Olive Scale. a very small and easily overlooked species.


ID Features

Approx 3.2 mm

Entirely black and covered in pale hairs 

no spots

legs brown

There's a good overview HERE.

Rhyzobius for

Rhyzobius chrysomeloides


ID Features

2.5-3.5 mm

Paleto darkbrown

Variable pattern, but usually a dark horseshoe shape  which contains a lighters stripe each side

no spots

tan/dark brown

Long antennae

A very small, yet common species of ladybird covered in a thin layer of downy hairs, it is VERY similar to R. litura. They are split HERE.


An Underside shot with the prosternum in focus is vital for others to reliably identify from R.litura with pictures, although it's possible to distinguish with well-marked individuals

Taking Photos

Rhyzobius chry

The odd ones out 

These beetles are not ladybirds (Coccinelidae) and simply superficially resemble them, for ease of identification I have put them here.



Endomychus coccineus


ID Features

approx 4- 6mm

Always a deep red

4 black, well defined spots on elytra

black spot in centre of pronotum

brown/black legs

Long antennae

Aptly named the 'False ladybird beetle', this beetle is a fungivore from the family Endomychidae.


Diaperis boleti


ID Features

7-8 mm mm

Black head, pronotum, legs and elytra with 2 rows of orange zigzagged stripes

antennal segments wider than long, gradually expanded 

A decent sized beetle from the very variable beetle family Tenebrionidae, usually found on birch polyphore fungus but are attracted to light

Chrysolina americana


Associated with rosemary plants


ID Features

  • Tricoloured metallic blue red and gold

  • Clear rows of punctures on the elytra

  • Rounded appearance

  • Threadlike antennae

  • 6.7-8.1 mm

  • May-June

Looks similar to the much rarer Chrysolina cerealis, but this lacks the clear rows of punctures on the elytra

Chrysolina banksii


Associated with Black Horehound


ID Features

  • 8-11mm

  • Red head 

  • Rounded appearance

  • red antennae and legs

  • dented bronze/golden sheen to dark elyra and pronotum

  • 2 Clear ridges either side of pronotum 

Looks similar to Chrysolina staphylea, but this is more maroon in colour, lacks the metallic reflection, and is on average smaller     (5-8.5 mm) and lacks the clear rows of punctures on the elytra.

Chrysolina oricalcia


Associated with Cow parsley


ID Features

  • 7-9mm 

  • Entirely black with weak blue reflection

  • Rounded appearance

  • Shiny pronotum with clear ridges along the edges

  • Pronotum broadest at base

  • Clear rows of punctures, with a shorter line of punctures close to where the wingcases meet 

Common and widespread wherever there is cow parsley 

Paropsisterna semanli


Associated with Eucalyptus plants

A recent Tazmanian introduction from imported Eucalyptus plants


ID Features

  • oval body shape

  • Extremely variable, often metallic colouration 

  • Males tend to have reddish colouration

  • extremely distinctive 

  • Often metallic

  • 7-9mm

7-9mm oval Chrysomelid, Keep an eye out if you or neighbors have Eucalyptus planted. Colour is variable , males seem to be much redder in comparison

Chry oric
Chry americana
Chry bank
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