Orange Ladybird Beetle

The Orange Ladybird Beetle (Halyzia sedecimguttata) is an insect in the Coccinellidae family of ladybirds. It is also known as the Orange Ladybug or the Orange Lady Beetle. 

The Orange Ladybird Beetle has an oval and dome-shaped body. It is a striking orange colour with 16 (or less) large, creamy-white spots on its elytra (wing cases). It has 8 spots on each elytron. It has black compound eyes. Its antennae are light-brown, quite long, and slightly thickened at the ends. Its neck shield usually covers the head and shows orange colored spots. 

It is very small. It measures about one centimeter (a quarter of an inch) in length. 

Orange Ladybird Beetle

The Orange Ladybird Beetle is common in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Siberia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Asia Minor, Mongolia, Northern China, and Japan. It was formerly uncommon in the United Kingdom, but the species has established itself during the 20th century and it is now common in many parts.

It prefers woodlands and dry areas.

Both larvae and adults feed on mildew that infects the leaves of plants. It also occasionally feeds on small aphids.

The adult Orange Ladybird Beetle is more active during summer. In winter, it hides under the bark of trees or in forest litter (leaf litter) under fallen leaves. 

Orange Ladybird Beetle
Orange Ladybird Beetle
Orange Ladybird Beetle

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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