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Oenopia conglobata

Oenopia conglobata is a small Lady Bird, reaching a length of 3.5 to 5 mm only. It usually is pink, but may be yellowish. It has a variable number of blob like spots, which often melt together. Both the larvae and the adults feed on aphids. In the Near and Middle East the animal is used in farming pomme granate and pistacho, as it is fond of the particular aphids found on these plants. The adults overwinter under loose bark, but also in houses and sheds.

This is a common species in Europe and the Near and Middle East, except for the western part of Europe, including all of Ireland and the British Isles. In Holland it is a common species on sandy soils in the Eastern and Southern part of the country, but it is very rare in the dunes of the West part.