Subject:  12(?) spot & 0 spot ladybirds (ladybugs)
Geographic location of the bug:  Abruzzo, Italy
Date: 05/07/2019
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

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Dear 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.”

Leaf Beetle

Hi Daniel
Thank you very much, for your very fast response, and, above all, for the information.
Location: Abruzzo, Italy

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.