Larch Ladybird

Easily camouflaged, the Larch Ladybird is a plain brown ladybird found in woodland where it favours Larch and other conifers.

Fast facts

Common name
Larch Ladybird
Scientific name
Aphidecta obliterata
When to see it
Year round
Coniferous and mixed woodland


A plain brown ladybird with very little patterning, the Larch Ladybird is a conifer specialist typically found on Larch trees.


Rather plain in appearance compared to its spotted relatives, the Larch Ladybird is brown with very few spots. Its pronotum has a dark M-shaped marking and it displays a single dark line down the centre of its body.


A conifer specialist, this ladybird eats sap-sucking bugs and scale insects. Most records are from Larch trees, hence its name, but they can also be found on Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir and Scots Pine.

It can often be encountered by checking the bark of conifers or by gently tapping foliage.

Larch Ladybird © Daphne Aplin

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Regional distribution

An under-recorded species in the region, with records scattered across Northumberland and County Durham. Look out for this ladybird anywhere there are conifers.

The best method to find Larch Ladybirds is to beat or tap your sweep net on conifer foliage, but they can also be encountered hibernating on bark and fence posts.