Red-rumped Ladybird  Scymnus haemorrhoidalis

Other name: Red-rumped Scymnus

This elusive species of wetland habitats is distinctive when found as it has red tips to the rear of the wingcases.

Identification       Length  1.8-2.2mm

This species resembles many other Scymnus  species that are black with an orangy-red face and leading edge to the pronotum but has distinctive reddish-brown tips to the wingcases.

Warren Hill, Suffolk
Warren Hill, Suffolk
Warren Hill, Suffolk
Upshire, Essex
Upshire, Essex
Upshire, Essex
Upshire, Essex
Warren Hill, Suffolk
Upshire, Essex

Habitat

This is a wetland species and I expected to find it in marshland areas but the first one I saw was in quite a dry area. I travelled to Warren Hill, Suffolk in 2018, after Mark Hows reported several scattered over a wide area of chalk grassland. When I searched the area. I found many 16-spot and Pointed-keeled Ladybirds in the dry grassland and it wasn't until I examined a wet flush that I found my first one. The wet flush is probably the core habitat for this species, which then spreads out into dryer areas either due to drought or population growth.

The species was also present in 2019. The reserve was closed during the bird breeding season but Red-rumped Ladybird could still be seen on the access track to the side of the reserve.

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Damp flush      Warren Hill, Suffolk

The second one I saw was a suprise find in my recording area. I found one exiting a garden wheelie bin containing prunings of bamboo and juniper growing on the edge of a small ornamental pond in Upshire, Essex.

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