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 the forward end of wing cases.

The antennae are long (wider than the head) and the sides of the pronotum (between the head and wing cases) are strongly curved and bulge outwards.

The outer edges of the wing cases are straight, forming a parallel sided mid-section.

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
Upshire, Essex
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
With 16-spot Ladybird
With Spotted Marsh Ladybird
Pevensey Levels, E. Sussex
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
red marsh ladybird
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
Semi-dry moat with sedges     Waltham Abbey, Essex
Grassy bank of wildlife pond            Upshire, Essex
Dried up pond with grasses, rushes and sedges
                      Hayes Hill Farm, Lee Valley, Essex
Dense pond-side vegetation with rushes and sedges.
Cornmill Meadows, Lee Valley, Essex
Slightly damp hollow in area of dry grassland
                     Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex

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

Additional Photographs

Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex

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