Nordic Ladybird  Scymnus jakowlewi

This is a northern species occuring in Sweden , Norway and Finland.

Identification

Very similar to Rear-spot Ladybird, though found in a very different habitat.

Black with a red spot at the rear of each wingcase.

These spots can be very obscured, or appear absent, in which case it has many morphological similarities with Schmidt's Ladybird.

A photo of this species appears on the Finnish website www.leppikset.fi/lajit.html 

Habitat

The only British record is a female at Dollar Glen, Clackmannanshire, 24th January 1982, found in a grass tussock on the edge of a burn at 350m, Richard M. Lyszkowski.

If it reoccurs in the UK, then likely to be found in a northern upland location. 

A challenge for keen hill walking ladybird enthusiasts.

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