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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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28 August, 2015

Striped Ladybird: coffee and cream | Nature Notes from Dorset

Not all ladybirds are red with black spots. This one, the striped ladybird (Myzia oblongoguttata), is coffee coloured with cream stripes and spots! Otherwise it has much in common with its cousins in terms of size and shape. As with some other ladybirds the exact pattern of the markings can vary within the species. The books actually describe the dominant colour as chestnut brown but coffee and cream works for me.
The striped ladybird is quite common although not seen very often as it specialises in feeding on a particular species of large brown aphid of the Cinara family that are associated with Scots pine. As a result you will only find this ladybird on Scots pine woodland and Dorset is considered to be one of its strongholds. I was fortunate to find one on a gate in a Scots pine woodland.

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