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

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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)

Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

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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Member Notes:

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

What is not to like about this bug! They are native to North America so belong here. And 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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