Orange Ladybird

Halyzia 16-guttata

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About

The Orange Ladybird is a large ladybird that feeds on mildew (fungus) on trees, particularly Sycamores, but has recently spread on to Ash and is increasing in numbers. It hibernates in leaf litter or in sheltered locations. The lifecycle of a ladybird consists of four phases: the egg; the larval stage, during which the larva undergoes a series of moults; the pupa in which the larva develops into an adult; and the adult phase, during which the female lays egg in batches of up to 40.

How to identify

The Orange Ladybird is pale orange with 14 to 16 white spots. The Cream-spot Ladybird is similar, but is a darker browny-orange colour and is a little bit smaller. Cream-spot Ladybirds are more often found on bushes and at woodland edges.

Where to find it

Widespread in England and Wales, less common in Scotland.

Habitats

When to find it

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

You can provide a home in your garden for hibernating ladybirds by drilling holes into a log or block of wood, or by filling an old tin can with short lengths of cane so that their hollow insides are visible. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

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Species information

Common name
Orange Ladybird
Latin name
Halyzia 16-guttata
Category
Invertebrates
Beetles
Statistics
Length: 6mm
Conservation status
Common.