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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!!!

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.

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.

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.


Subject: rose of sharon
Location: Southeastern PA
June 7, 2017 5:42 am
this bug/worm/fuzzy looking thing is all over and around my rose of Sharon bushes, but I can’t tell if it is eating what also appears to be tons of tiny aphids, but they are just small lines vs. round – all over the leaves….not sure if those of the larvae of this, or this is eating those….this bug is less than 3/4″ long and soft bodied vs. beetle-like.
Signature: Eastern PA

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Larva

This is the larva of a Lady Beetle and it is likely feeding on the Aphids that have infested your Rose of Sharon.  Based on this BugGuide image, we are quite confident that this is the larva of the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis, an invasive species that is likely contributing to reduced populations of native Lady Beetles.

Thanks so much. I do not use chemical pesticides or herbicides, but is there anything natural I should/could do to rebalance?

Subject: Whats the black and yellow Chevron bug
Location: Santa Monica, CA USA
March 29, 2017 4:17 pm
Ive lived in Los Angeles all my life but suddenly never seen before bugs keep appearing… Orb weavers and this one in particular is what I call a Chevron bug but after a couple years of sitings and visitations I have no luck identifying the creature by myself online and figured I would ask you… Let me know if you know. Is it simple a beetle type or something? Should I fear or maim it in self defense?!
Signature: Lisa Susann Stanton

Lady Beetle Larva

Dear Lisa,
This is the larva of a Lady Beetle.  It is not harmful to people, but it will eat Aphids and other small insects.

Whoaaaaa! Thanks!!!!!!!

Your enthusiasm is refreshing.

I know now Im watching the four stages and thinking wow i love ladybugs and im glad i still loved them before they grew up to be cute and cheerful…larvae are pretty scary. Still they perch on me alot. Glad I could help out the cute ladybugs before they were pretty.