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ladybeetle - Neoharmonia venusta

ladybeetle - Neoharmonia venusta
Perea Nature Trail, Sandoval County, New Mexico, USA
June 11, 2007
Size: approx. 6mm
On a cottonwood. It flew away before I got any other photos (and the size is an estimate).

Thanks Tim!
... for the ID and all the details.
Moved from Ladybird Beetles.

Neoharmonia venusta ampla
from Gordon (1), this appears to be Neoharmonia venusta ampla (Mulsant). While the other subspecies, N. v. venusta (Melsheimer), "the V-marked ladybird", has a large distribution over much of the east and central states, N. v. ampla is confined to AZ, NM, and southwest TX. Yours is the only color form (of about 6) with all dark elytra. There could be a lighter blured "spot" at the extream apex, but I can't see that here. 6mm would be a good fit for size.

nice find!

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