Harmonia quadripunctata

<i>Harmonia quadripunctata</i> (Pontoppidan, 1763)

Four-spot ladybird

Morphology

This species shows a certain variability of spots on the elytra with a maximum of 16 often grouped together. The two marginal ones are the most consistent. In spite of its scientific name, the four-spot variant is not the most common.
With size 5-7.5 mm, it possesses elytra that are fawn, brown or russet in color, with or without black or brownish spots.

Diet

It feeds on aphids dependent on conifers

Habitat

The species lives in pine groves on Pinus, Picea or Abies.

 

Modification date : 07 February 2023 | Publication date : 21 February 2011 | Redactor : Evelyne Turpeau, Maurice Hullé, Bernard Chaubet