Red-flanked (light form) and Conifer Ladybirds Comparison

These two species are often confused but are actually easy to identify.

During 2010-2018 I had 154 records of Red-flanked Ladybird, including 15 records of the pale form. This is 10%, making this a common sight in gardens in the London area.

I have seen several photographs published on the internet of the pale form of Red-flanked Ladybird misidentified as Conifer Ladybird, not suprising as there is little information published for the light form of Red-flanked Ladybird.

Habitat : Red-flanked

Gardens, especially in ornamental evergreen shrubs.

Size and Shape : Red-flanked

Relatively large, robust and wide bodied.

Colour : Red-flanked

A bright orange-red colour with strong contrast with the dark central line.

Underside : Red-flanked

The front edge of the underside of the wingcase (epipleuron) is red. This is diagnostic.

Head Colour : Red-flanked

Males show a red head and cheeks which are distinctive. Females have a black head.

Habitat : Conifer

Pine trees, can be abundant in Scots Pine on heathland. Occasionally in garden shrubs.

Size and Shape : Conifer

Small and narrow bodied.

Colour : Conifer

A dull dark chestnut colour lacking contrast with the dark central line. 

Underside : Conifer

The underside, including the epipleuron, is black.

Head Colour : Conifer

Always shows a black head and face.

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