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.

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Clayton Hill, Lee Valley, Essex
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Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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Filsham Reedbeds, E. Sussex
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Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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Upshire, Essex
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Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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Pevensey Levels, E. Sussex
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Upshire, Essex
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Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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With 16-spot Ladybird
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With Spotted Marsh Ladybird
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Pevensey Levels, E. Sussex
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Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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
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Rushy Pond Edge
Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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Damp grassland
Doleman Ditch, E. Sussex
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Semi-dry moat with sedges     Waltham Abbey, Essex
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Grassy bank of wildlife pond            Upshire, Essex
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Dried up pond with grasses, rushes and sedges
                      Hayes Hill Farm, Lee Valley, Essex
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Dense pond-side vegetation with rushes and sedges.
Cornmill Meadows, Lee Valley, Essex
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Slightly damp hollow in area of dry grassland
                     Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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Lakeside brambles and nettles
Holyfield Lake, 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

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Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Essex
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Holyfield Lake, Lee Valley, Essex