Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anatis labiculata (Say)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella labiculata Say
Length 7.2 to 9.5 mm, width 5.5 to 8.0 mm (1)
Gray to deep purple, darkening with age.
Black spots without rings.
Rounded oval shape
Explanate (helmet-shaped profile, with a flared "rim")
Gordon's (1985) suggested range: CO-GA-NB-SK - Map (1)
(BG data) - seems to have expanded its range northward since Gordon's publication
Arboreal (in trees) in forests and woods
mostly: Apr-Jul (BG data)
Aphids, especially in trees
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.
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