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Sunday, 21 August 2011


Its always nice to see this little upland specialist. The hieroglyphic ladybird (Coccinella hieroglyphica) is probably widely distributed where heather occurs in vc 35 but is under recorded due to the lack of active recording in the uplands. I've come across this species several times in the Blaenavon area and can be readily found by sweep netting dwarf shrub heath. By the way I note a new UK ladybird distribution atlas has recently been published!

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