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Subject:  Mating Lady Beetles
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date:  3/29/2018
Late in the afternoon, after work, Daniel decided to do some weeding in the garden.  The annual wildflowers, including fiesta flowers, lupines and California poppies are blooming and other wildflower seeds are sprouted.  Around dusk (slow shutter speed resulted in blurry image), Daniel noticed what he believes are Convergent Lady Beetles mating.  It is very exciting to see a native Lady Beetle in the garden as opposed to the invasive Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles that are displacing native species in many places in North America.  The Natural History of Orange County has some excellent images of Convergent Lady Beetles, and BugGuide states they feed on:  “Aphids, also whiteflies and other soft bodied insects.”

Mating Convergent Lady Beetles

We got trolled on Facebook by Toni Merida:  How can anyone who knows that much about gardening not know what a ladybug is?

The answer to Toni’s question is that while our editorial staff knew that these were Lady Beetles, we were uncertain of the species and we wanted to substantiate the species since we tend to see invasive Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles in our garden, and that larger, more aggressive species is contributing to the decline of many native species of Lady Beetles.

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Subject:  Strange bug found by swimming pool
Geographic location of the bug:  Brisbane Australia
Date: 02/26/2018
Time: 09:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi  we came across this guy the other day. Found by my grand daughter. Just wondered if you have seen anything like it before. Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Gary Buckle

Mealybug Destroyer Larva

Dear Gary,
This looks to us like the larva of a Lady Beetle known as a Mealybug Destroyer, a species native to Australia that has been exported for agricultural purposes to help control populations of Mealybugs in agricultural areas.  The larva is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.

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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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