A black ladybird with two large red spots, the Kidney-spot is a small but distinctive ladybird closely associated with Ash and Willow
- Common name
- Kidney-spot Ladybird
- Scientific name
- Chilocorus renipustulatus
- When to see it
- Year round
- Scale insects
Commonly found in woodland settings, this species is a black ladybird with two red spots.
The Kidney-spot Ladybird is a small (4 – 5mm) black ladybird with two round red spots. Distinctively domed, it also has a rim around the edge of its wing cases. The pronotum is black and its underside is a vivid orange.
Melanic forms of the Harlequin Ladybird can appear similar. However, the Kidney-spot is smaller and the pronotum is entirely black. Harlequins are 5 – 8 mm and the pronotum is usually white with black markings.
Commonly found in woodland, the Kidney-spot Ladybird is typically associated with Ash and sallow trees. However, it can be observed on a wide range of trees from Leyland Cypress to Oak. A predatory ladybird, it feeds on small scale insects.
Sightings of the Kidney-spot have been shared from both Northumberland and County Durham. Most records are from lowland and urban areas, with a few records from the uplands. Given its small size, it is likely under-recorded in the region. Nationally, it is considered a widespread ladybird.