Bryony ladybird (Henosepilachna argus)

Bryony ladybird (Henosepilachna argus)

 

Bryony ladybird (Henosepilachna argus)
Size: 5 - 7mm
Basic colour: orange
Pattern colour: black spots
Number of spots: 11
Spot fusions: rare
Melanic (black) form: no

Pronotum: orange
Leg colour: brown
Habitat: low herbage
Host plant: white bryony
Overwintering: low herbage
Food: leaves of white bryony and other curcurbits

Other notes: Recent immigrant, first recorded in May 1997. Wing cases covered in short downy hairs. The spread of this ladybird northwards in Europe may be due to global warming.