Fig 1

DESCRIPTION: Length up to 5mm.  A striking ladybird mimic that is told apart from the imitated family by the flatter and longer appearance and the longer antennae.  The elytra are pillar-box red with 2 black spots on each.  The thorax is red with a central black mark and the head is black. BEHAVIOUR: Due to its fondness for fungi it can be found on the bark, and in the crevices, of trees near to where bracket fungi grow. DISTRIBUTION: Can be found throughout the UK but seems more prevalent in the southern half of the country. HABITAT: Woods, parks and gardens. PERIOD: Primarily found from April through to September.

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