Cream-streaked ladybird (Harmonia 4-punctata)

Cream-streaked ladybird (Harmonia 4-punctata)

 

Cream-streaked ladybird (Harmonia 4-punctata)
Size: 5 - 6mm
Basic colour: pink, salmon, yellow
Pattern colour: black spots and cream streaking
Number of spots: 4-20
Spot fusions: not common
Melanic (black) form: rare

Pronotum: white with 5-9 black spots
Leg colour: brown
Habitat: conifer woodland
Host plant: needled conifers
Overwintering: on conifers
Food: aphids

Other notes: Arrived in Britain in the 1930s, first recorded in Suffolk. Has spread south, west and north and has reached Wales and Scotland. Often rests head-down on pine buds where it is very well camouflaged.