Platynaspis luteorubra

<i>Platynaspis luteorubra</i> (Goeze, 1777)

Fulgurant ladybird

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Morphology

Small dark velvety ladybird.
Elytra bear four orangey yellow spots.

Diet

The biology of this species is poorly known.
It is suspected that Platynaspis luteorubra larvae develop on ants’ nests, especially of Lasius niger and Tramorium caespitum, very common species that rear colonies of aphids. However, in appearance this ladybird can be taken to be an aphid-eater.

Ecologie Comportement

Not common, it is a species of dry grassland.

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