Pine Ladybird

Exochomus quadripustulatus

''Exochomus quadripustulatus'', common name Pine Ladybird, is a species of beetle of the Coccinellidae family.
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Appearance

''Exochomus quadripustulatus'' can reach a length of about 4-6 millimeters. It is almost circular, convex and shining, with a flange around the base. The color is quite variable and may change with ageing. Usually elytra are black with two larger red comma-shaped spots and two smaller red round or oval spots. The color of these spots can also be orange or yellow, but completely reddish brown specimens may occur. The pine ladybird in both adult and larval stages preys aphids and scale insects, especially ''Diaspidiotus perniciosus''. Adults overwinter.
Exochomus quadripustulatus - Mugshot Close-up of a Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus) Chilocorinae,Coccinellidae,Coleoptera,Exochomus,Exochomus quadripustulatus,Pine Ladybird,Pine ladybird,close-up,nl: Viervleklieveheersbeestje

Naming

Synonyms
Brumus quadripustulatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Coccinella quadripustulata Linnaeus, 1758
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Dutch name: Viervleklieveheersbeestje Exochomus quadripustulatus,Geotagged,The Netherlands

Distribution

This species is present in most of Europe, in the East Palearctic ecozone and in the Near East.
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Habitat

This fairly common ladybug can be found from April to October on conifers and in areas with deciduous trees, but it can also occur elsewhere.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyCoccinellidae
GenusExochomus
Species