Round-keeled Ladybird

Rhyzobius chrysomeloides – Yes, believe it or not, not al ladybirds are brightly coloured and have spots, some can be quite inconspicuous like this one. It is small, very small, at 2.5-3.5 mm (about 1/8 in) long. It is a fairly recent discovery, first found in Britain as recently as 1996, on a pine tree on a motorway embankment in Surrey. It has been steadily spreading northwards ever since.

Round-keeled Ladybird Rhyzobius chrysomeloides

15 thoughts on “Round-keeled Ladybird

  1. The name of this one amused me. When I think ‘keel,’ I think of boats. I looked up some articles about ladybirds, but even though some mentioned the keel, none described it. It seems to be part of the insect’s undercarriage!

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  2. Wow! A 1/8th” long. Superb photo.

    Reminds me that I can now afford to buy another macro lens (with the money my Father recently left me), but first I have to get the hip surgery to enable me to get back to nature walks to enable use of a macro lens 🙂 – may the lockdown be over in the coming months so that elective surgery can go ahead.

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    • Unfortnately the delays here are tremendous in the health service after the first lockdown. I have had to pay privately to see a lung specialist to try and finally get down to finding out what is wrong with me. Even then the wait has been over a month.

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      • I have to pay for everything privately if I want to chose my own surgeon (although my private hospital insurance pays for the hospital costs and most of the surgeon’s fees. New Monday’s annual cardiology review appointment has been rescheduled to November. Not sure what the waiting time is to get a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon these days, but certainly having private health insurance gets me close to the top of the queue.
        Hope the lung specialist has some answers when you see him/her. I just hope the problem is treatable 🙂

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      • Thank you, Vicki 🙂 We are lucky we have the NHS, although we do kind of pay for it with our National Insurance contributions here. Covid-19 certainly has but things on hold with many delays, but the main thing is to stay safe, and get through this one day at a time.

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  3. That’s a new one for me. I looked them up on NBN Atlas and see that there are records in my part of Surrey. Presumably it isn’t native given it was only spotted so recently, although I’d be interested to know whether it’s moved in of its own accord or has been carried here by people.

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