Beetle, Spotted Lady Beetle, Pink Spotted Ladybeetle (Coleomegilla maculata)

Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Coccinellidae (kok-sin-EL-li-dee) (Info)
Genus: Coleomegilla
Species: maculata (mak-yoo-LAY-ta) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Peachtree City, Georgia
Yale, Iowa
Sulphur, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Stilwell, Oklahoma
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Members' Notes:


On Apr 30, 2015, Chillybean from Near Central, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

The Pink-spotted Ladybeetles are native to North America. Among other things, they eat aphids.

We have noticed in the fall they will congregate on our house much like the Asian Ladybugs, but I have never had an infestation inside the house. I may have only seen one or two. When I moved a rock early this spring, I found a bunch of them hibernating there. I gingerly put the rock back.

I have never seen as many as I have this spring. Did they find enough food last year and have a winter suited to their needs? I am thrilled they seem to be thriving here. They are all over the dandelions and other plants right now. I accidentally bring some into the house when I harvest the flowers, but try to release them back outside.

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