Other Common Names
American Eyespot Ladybug (1)
(may be preferred, given similarity and confusion with the "Eyed ladybug" of Europe, A. ocellata).
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anatis mali (Say)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella mali Say
Explanation of Names
Perhaps from Latin mali- "of apple"
Yellow to brownish-red (darkens with age)
Black spots surrounded by pale rings
Rounded oval shape
Slightly explanate (helmet-shaped, with a slightly flared "rim")
- Ontario to British Columbia, south to Virginia and Oregon.
Arboreal where aphids are found.
Aphids, especially on trees.
Like other Anatis species, the Eye-spotted Lady Beetle darkens with age. The pale rings also darken, but are visible under strong lighting in all but the oldest individuals.
Fifteen-spotted Lady Beetle, Anatis labiculata - Spots never have pale rings around them. Darkest, oldest individuals harder to separate, but shape may be more explanate than A. mali. Range limited to eastern and central US and southeastern Canada.
Anatis rathvoni - Spots may have pale rings, but are usually smaller and fewer in number. Shape is very different: angular, not rounded oval, and strongly explanate. Range limited to southwestern Canada, northwestern US, and parts of California.
Two-spotted Lady Beetle, Adalia bipunctata - May have more than two spots, and those may have pale rings, but size is smaller (5.2mm or less), shape is more elongated and less explanate.
Gordon, 1985, especially pp. 762-763, figures 623-625.(2)