Red Marsh Ladybird       Coccidula rufa

A common species of wetland habitats.

Identification             Length 2.5-3.0mm

A deep red colour, lacking the orange tones of Spotted Marsh Ladybird.

Mostly plain with dark smudgy markings on forward end of wing cases.

Clayton Hill, Lee Valley, Essex
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
Filsham Reedbeds, E. Sussex
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
Upshire, Essex
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
Pevensey Levels, E. Sussex
With 16-spot Ladybird
With Spotted Marsh Ladybird
Pevensey Levels, E. Sussex
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex

Habitat

Occurs in wetland habitats, often amongst dense rushes.

Difficult to find by eye, due to dense habitat, but can be easy to find with a sweep net.

Sometimes on dryer edges of habitat away from open water.

Can occur on small wildlife ponds as well as extensive reedbed reserves.

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Wildlife Pond
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
Rushy Pond Edge
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
Damp grassland
Doleman Ditch, E. Sussex

I have not seen this species in winter but it can be searched for underneath the outer layers of reed stems.

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