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nine-spotted ladybird beetle? - Coccinella undecimpunctata

nine-spotted ladybird beetle? - Coccinella undecimpunctata
Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington, USA
May 29, 2008
Size: around 5 mm

Moved from Ladybird Beetles. Thanks Tim, I never would have guessed.... since it is missing two spots.

Coccinella undecimpunctata - 11-spotted ladybird
"More elongate and less convex than any other species of Coccinella. Head with 2 well separated pale spots (C. novemnotata has a solid band) Elytral suture red, not or only slightly darker than the pale discal area. Elytron usually with 4 small round spots in addition to humeral and scutellar spot, the 2 submedian spots sometimes joined, the outer humeral spot sometimes lacking"(1) (as yours is, which had me quite confused for a while).

Not the highly sought C. novemnotata, but still a nice ladybird and another new species for BugGuide :)

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