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Subject:  Asian or native ladybug?
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina
Date: 11/05/2017
Time: 05:06 PM EDT
I’ve tried to find side-by-side comparisons of the native ladybugs and Asian ladybugs without success. Can you tell me which this one is?  I suspect it is Asian. I have several around my garden, some still in larval form and others pupating. Also, we are having a mild November, but do you know if these will overwinter with me? Thanks a lot!
How you want your letter signed:  C. Hall

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Larva

Dear C. Hall,
In our opinion, this looks like a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle larva.  This species has larger and often more aggressive larvae that out compete, and even feed upon the larvae of native Lady Beetles, which may eventually lead to displacement of native species.

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Subject:  Lady beetle bug love, Hawaii
Geographic location of the bug:  Pukalani, Maui
Date: 10/15/2017
Time: 11:39 AM EDT
Aloha – On a milkweed plant, nurtured for the Monarch caterpillars use, I found this pair of lady beetles planning the next generation. Yes, there were yellow aphids on the plant which I’ve seen one of the lady beetles near. Thanks for all the informative posts.
How you want your letter signed:  Eliza

Mating Seven Spotted Lady Beetles

Dear Eliza,
We identified this amorous pair as Seven Spotted Lady Beetles,
Coccinella septempunctata, thanks to an online article published by the University of Hawaii entitled “Not All Lady Beetles are Created Equal:  Learn about different Types of Lady Beetles in Hawaii with Special Talent“.  Alas, we cannot currently access BugGuide where this species is represented because we would like to verify its native range since so many species currently found on Hawaii have been introduced.  According to Arkive, the Seven Spotted Lady Beetle might be native to Europe.  Arkive states:  “Ladybirds are perhaps the most well-known and popular of all British beetles, and the seven-spot ladybird is one of the commonest species. This rounded beetle has bright red wing cases with 7 black spots, although some individuals may have more or fewer spots. The thorax is black with patches of pale yellow at the front corners. The common name of this group of beetles, ‘ladybird’, was originally given to the seven-spot in honour of the Virgin Mary; the red wing cases symbolising the Virgin’s red cloak, with the seven spots representing her seven joys and seven sorrows.”  Our previous research on the Seven Spotted Lady Beetle indicates “According to BugGuide:  ‘It has been repeatedly introduced in the US from Europe, to control aphids.  This widespread palearctic species was intentionally introduced into N. America several times from 1956 to 1971 for biological control of aphids. All of those attempts apparently failed in getting C. septempunctata established, but in 1973 an established population was found in Bergen Co., New Jersey. This population is thought to have been the result of an accidental introduction rather than a purposeful one (Angalet and Jacques, 1975). Since 1973, this species has spread naturally and been colonized and established in Delaware, Georgia, and Oklahoma. (Gordon 1985) It has since spread throughout N. Amer.'”

Mahalo for you extensive paragraph on the 7 spotted Lady Beetles in Bug Love. Yes, many hitchhiking bugs now make Hawaii home. The Madagascar gold dust day gecko has appeared in my carport over the past week. Eeeek!
Sending the attached 23 sec vid for your review of the wiggling male. I was rather surprised to see his action, since most bug mating is static.

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Subject:  a ladybug beetle with no spots
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern New Mexico forest 7000 ft.
Date: 09/10/2017
Time: 04:30 AM EDT
It’s bigger than a ladybug but it looks like a ladybug beetle with no spots. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Mary Ray

LeConte’s Giant Lady Beetle

Dear Mary Ray,
This is indeed a Lady Beetle.  We initially located it on the Texas Entomology site where it is identified as the Giant Lady,
Anatis lecontei, and we crosschecked that name on BugGuide where it is called LeConte’s Giant Lady Beetle or the Large Orange Lady Bug.  According to BugGuide:  “One of the largest lady beetles in North America” and “Type locality: Fort Wingate, New Mexico.”

OMG!! this makes me so happy to know! Thank you Daniel so much!!!

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Subject:  Lady Bug on my Woody Plant
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 27, 2017 8:58 AM
Last week I found this Lady Bug on my woody plant.  Can you identify it?
Signature:  Constant Gardener

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Dear Constant Gardener,
The white markings on the head and pronotum of this Lady Beetle identify if at a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, which you can verify by comparing your image to this head-on image on BugGuide.   According to BugGuide:  “The adult is highly variable in color and pattern. The base pattern of the species is red to red-orange with 18 spots. These spots may be exaggerated, or eliminated, on an individual basis. The common red form, succinea is dominant in most areas. Melanic forms conspicua (two red markings) and spectabilis (four red markings) are less common, and only starting to establish in the country. Rarely, other forms may appear. Any pattern involving red-orange and black may potentially occur in this species!  Although variable, the combination of large size and specific pattern details generally allow easy identification. Darker forms are most commonly mistaken for other dark species. In these cases, look at the white pattern on the head and pronotum (per. J. Bailey).
”  The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle is an invasive, exotic species that is competing with and beating native species, leading to decreased sightings of native species of Lady Beetles.  For this reason, we must tag this posting as Invasive Exotics.  Your “woody plant” looks quite healthy, and though it is an exotic species, this Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle should help keep your plant pest free.

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Subject: Thought it was ladybug… but don’t think so
Location: Manhattan, NYC
July 28, 2017 4:16 pm
Just found this but in my bathroom and would like to know what it is!!!! (please).
I live in Manhattan. It’s super hot today.
I thought it was a ladybug at first but on closer inspection I don’t think it is…
Signature: Concerned

Polished Lady Beetle

Dear Concerned,
The lack of spots and the white pattern on the pronotum lead us to believe this is a Polished Lady Beetle,
Cycloneda munda, a species pictured on BugGuide where it is also called a Red Lady Beetle, Immaculate Lady Beetle, No-Spotted Lady Beetle or Spotless Lady Beetle.

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Subject: Weird bugs on a bush.
Location: Michigan
June 25, 2017 11:32 am
Never seen these before, really curious as to what they are!
Signature: Thankyou

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Pupa

This is the pupa of a Lady Beetle (AKA Ladybug) and normally that would be a good thing as they are important predators that help to control Aphids.  This however is the Pupa of an Invasive Exotic, Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, a species that is most likely displacing native species as it is so aggressive.  Here is a BugGuide image.   Larvae will prey on other Lady Beetle larvae.  Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles are reported to invade homes in large numbers to hibernate.

A Facebook Comment from Kiki Gee:
The Asian lady beetle has decimated our indigenous 9 spotted lady beetle. If you ever find one dead or alive, Dr. John Losey at Cornell University would like to know. I worked with him, and he has an ongoing study trying to increase their population.


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