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Species Coccinella novemnotata - Nine-spotted Lady Beetle

Coccinellid - Coccinella novemnotata Coccinellid - Coccinella novemnotata Nine-spotted Ladybeetle (spotless form) in California - Coccinella novemnotata Nine-spotted Ladybeetle (spotless form) in California - Coccinella novemnotata Nearly unspotted Nine-spotted - Coccinella novemnotata Coccinella novemnotata Herbst - Coccinella novemnotata Coccinella novemnotata Herbst - Coccinella novemnotata Coccinella novemnotata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Subfamily Coccinellinae
Genus Coccinella
No Taxon (narrow black elytral suture)
Species novemnotata (Nine-spotted Lady Beetle)
Other Common Names
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coccinella novemnotata Herbst
Orig. Comb: Coccinella 9-notata Herbst, 1793
Explanation of Names
novemnotata - Latin for '9 marked'
4.7-7.0 mm (1)

Head with broad, pale band between eyes;
anterior pronotal margin entirely pale,
elytral suture narrowly blackish
elytra with or without spots (1)
Current Range - scattered western, upper midwest records, plus Long Island (2)
Historical Range - Formerly ranged across most of the US and southern Canada. (1)
Experienced sudden population decline and disappeared from the Northeast in the 1980's. Almost extirpated in the East (Cornell University).
May-Sept (BG data)
In 1985, Gordon wrote, "[t]his species is extremely widespread in North America and is commonly collected." (1)
Now about one new (modern) record is reported to BugGuide annually...
considered by New York State to be a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (3)
See Also
The spotless form of Coccinella novemnotata might easily be confused with the west coast bandless version of C. trifasciata subversa. Please click on the image below for details.

- range hugs the west coast
Coccinella californica (Mannerheim)
Print References
Harmon, J.P., Stephens, E., Losey, J. 2007. The decline of native coccinellids (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in the United States and Canada. Journal of Insect Conservation 11: 85-94. Abstract
Herbst, J.F.W. 1793. Natursystem alter bekannten In-und Ausland Insecten. Der Kafer, Band 5., Berlin. 392 pp.
Stephens, E. and J.E. Losey. 2003. The decline of C-9 – New York State’s Insect. The Xerces Society. Wings: Essays on Invertebrate Conservation. Fall 2003, pp. 8-12. Full PDF
Internet References
Cornell University - photo and info
Species Profile - Xerces Society
UC Integrated Pest Management Program - photo of spotless form
Global Status: GNR - NatureServe
Natursystem alter bekannten In-und Ausland Insecten, Der Kafer, v.5, p.269 - Herbst's original description of the species (in German, with Fraktur lettering)
Works Cited
1.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.
2.The Lost Ladybug Project (LLP)
3.New York "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN)