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Photo#196333
Ladybird Beetle - Hyperaspis connectens

Ladybird Beetle - Hyperaspis connectens
Kenner, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
July 1, 2008
Size: 2-3mm
I think this is Hyperaspis connectens although the few images we have on BugGuide show a white face and yellow spots on the pronotum rather than black face and orange spots...

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white head/face
lots of white on the head and face usually just means that it's a male "ladybird". I'll have to check Gordon's ref to confirm for this specific species, but it's a good rule for much of the family. Males of some species may also have more white/pale on the pronotum, often connecting the two lateral pale areas along the apical margin.

nice photo!

Have my vote
you've officially entered the land of liliputian ladybeetles :) I'd say you're dead on, I've discovered that color is really variable and that the pattern is the most useful in identification, especially on the thorax and head which don't seem to exhibit the same amount of phenotypic variance as the elytral markings. Great shot of a tiny lady

 
Thanks Tim and Will
Thanks for your responses.