Subject: 12(?) spot & 0 spot ladybirds (ladybugs)
Geographic location of the bug: Abruzzo, Italy
Time: 03:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi guys
I am currently visiting friends, and prowling their woodlands.
Spotted these little beauties and would be very grateful for an ID.
How you want your letter signed: Fof
Your spotted beetle is a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle which is pictured on BugGuide and which is found in Italy according to Wikipedia. Your second beetle, the one without the spots, is not a Lady Beetle. It is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it as Chrysolina grossa on BioLib and on TrekNature where it states: “Chrysolina grossa is a Mediterranean species, associated with Labiatae of the genera Mentha and Satureja.”