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Species Anatis labiculata - Fifteen-spotted Lady Beetle

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Classification
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 Anatis (Giant Lady Beetles)
Species labiculata (Fifteen-spotted Lady Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anatis labiculata (Say)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella labiculata Say, 1824
Size
Length 7.2 to 9.5 mm, width 5.5 to 8.0 mm (1)
Identification

Gray to deep purple, darkening with age.
Black spots without rings.
Rounded oval shape
Explanate (helmet-shaped profile, with a flared "rim")
Range
Gordon's (1985) suggested range: CO-GA-NB-SK - Map (1)(BG data) - seems to have expanded its range northward since Gordon's publication
Habitat
Arboreal (in trees) in forests and woods
Season
mostly: Apr-Jul (BG data)
Food
Aphids, especially in trees
Remarks
Like other Anatis species, Fifteen-spotted Lady Beetles darken with age. In the oldest individuals, the spots may not be visible against the dark background color.
See Also
Eye-spotted Lady Beetle, Anatis mali - Spots always with pale rings, although in the oldest, darkest individuals this can be difficult to see. Shape may be less explanate than A. labiculata. Larger range extends north to Nova Scotia and west to Pacific.


Ashy Gray Lady Beetle, Olla v-nigrum - Fewer spots on elytra, more white on pronotum. Much smaller (6mm or less), less explanate shape. Larger range extends south to Florida and west to Pacific.


Coccinella novemnotata Herbst
Internet References
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)