Ant-nest Ladybird      Platynaspis luteorubra

This species is associated with ants and I have searched for it unsuccesfully by turning over garden slabs covering ant nests. 

The only two that I have seen were both found by Mark Hows, whilst sweep netting in dry grassland situations. The one at Canvey Wick was in sparse vegetation on a species rich brownfield reserve, whilst the one at May Day Farm was in a clearing containing scattered small pine trees.

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Canvey Wick, Essex
Canvey Wick, Essex
Canvey Wick, Essex
May Day Farm, Suffolk
May Day Farm, Suffolk
With 16-spot Ladybird

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