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red and black insect

red and black insect
phoenix, Rio Salado, maricopa County, Arizona, USA
March 10, 2008
Size: 1/2 inch
The insect was found in low bushes near the river. The river has been flowing beyond its normal channel recentlly, so this could have been washed downstream. Note no wings.


Moved from Ladybird Beetles.

This is a....
Ladybird Beetle larva.

I am not sure which species but i feel certain that it is neither a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle nor a Seven-spotted Lady Beetle.

Thank you
I never would have guessed. The only ladybird I have seen in this location is the 'spotted ladybird beetle'. I have not even seen the very common red and black ladybird beetle. Do the colours of the larva relate to the colours of the mature beetle?

After a little research...
I think you have a Convergent Lady Beetle larva.

Please see


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