Jersey Ladybird  Calvia decemguttata

Two old records, probably relating to migrants, Killarney, Ireland, 1927 and England in the 19th century.

Recently discovered to be a breeding species on Jersey, Channel Islands.

Identification       Length  5.0-6.5mm

Similar to Orange Ladybird, with fewer and larger spots. The four central spots form a rectangle.

Pronotum pattern similar to the closely related Cream-spot Ladybird, with white fish-hook pattern on each side.

A photograph of this species occurs on the German website https://www.kerbtier.de

Habitat

Occurs in deciduous trees and feeds on aphids.

Could occur on the mainland, as a migrant, or may establish a population. Another reason to check all Orange Ladybirds carefully.

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