“Black Ops” Ladybugs in SW Florida
I just love your site– it always inspires me to garden with the camera within easy reach. Yesterday morning I saw this gorgeous black ladybug on my chenille plant. I thought it might be the Twice-Stabbed Ladybug, except that its red spots are up by the head and not on the back. We have nicknamed them “Black Ops” here at my house. The chenille is in full bloom and full of ladybug larva, so I hope to have a bumper crop of these little beauties. Best regards,
Fort Myers, Florida
We quickly located your Black Ladybird Beetle on BugGuide. It appears to be Axion tripustulata, which sadly does not have a common name, nor is there any other information posted about the species.
Update: Metallic Blue Lady Beetle
We just received a comment from Curious Girl who believe we have misidentified the Lady Beetle in this posting, directing us to the Metallic Blue Lady Beetle that is posted on BugGuide. We agree with her that our original identification is not correct. We really depend upon our readership to catch errors like this in our archives.