Bryony Ladybird

mating Bryony Ladybirds
Mating Bryony Ladybirds

Where the White Bryony grows, you can also find the Bryony Ladybird (Henosepilachna argus). It lives on the poisonous climbing plants and feeds on their leaves. It is also said to colonise other cucurbits, but I have never seen it in the garden on zucchini or cucumber plants.

Bryony Ladybird eating the leaf of a Bryony
A Bryony Ladybird eating a White Bryony leaf.

The Bryony Ladybird likes it warm and is found in central and southern Europe, as far as North Africa and temperate Asia. Here in southern Germany it is common, with several beetles living on almost every white bryony.

Bryony Ladybird Henosepilachna argus

It is easily distinguished from other native ladybirds by its orange head shield.

The wings of the Bryony Ladybird

Henosepilachna argus grows to between 6 and 8 millimetres in length.

Bryony Ladybird on Bryony leaf