Vedalia Ladybird Rodolia cardinalis
Other Names: Cardinal Ladybird, Vedalia Beetle
In 2003 an outdoor population was present in two nearby locations in Chelsea, London, during Sept-Oct. They did not appear to survive the winter and were not recorded subsequently.
Identification Length 3.0-4.0mm
Red with large black irregular markings. Hairy.
This species is used as a biological control against Cottony Cushion Scale, Icerya purchasi.
One of the Chelsea populations was on an Ivy covered wall.