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Ladybug - with unusual markings? - Coccinella septempunctata

Ladybug - with unusual markings? - Coccinella septempunctata
Pack Forest - Eatonville, Pierce County, Washington, USA
July 11, 2009
From this side, if you count that elongated 'spot' -- this looked like a possible nine-spotted....but on the other side, that elongated spot is missing. And I just read Harsi Parker's posting for her recently found nine-spotted, and this is definitely not one of them.

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I'm sending this image to the ladybug project at Cornell.

I'm pretty sure this is a seven-spotted with aberrant marks on one side.

Ladybug, ladybird, ladybeetle....I never know what to write!

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Ladybug - with unusual markings? - Coccinella septempunctata Ladybug - with unusual markings? - Coccinella septempunctata

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Seems like everyone's agreed on the species now :-)

According to the folks at the Lost Ladybug Project
"The extra marks are most likely scars, possibly from a parasitoid, especially because they are asymmetrical."

Only speculating...
...but I think you are probably right with your guess that this is an aberrant C. septempunctata. Here are a few images I found showing other unusually marked specimens:



Still, it would be good to hear what Tim M. has to say...

 
concur
aberrant C. septempunctata

nice addition of the BugLifeCycle link - suggest posting that around BugGuide a bit, Order info pages, etc.

Re: Cornell lady beetle project
Is there a Web site for the Cornell project? I'd like to learn more about it.

I've become very interested in lady beetles while captive-rearing them this summer. Only 3 species so far, but I've been limited to the egg masses visible on public-property foliage in urban Philadelphia.

 
Yes, here's the website
http://www.lostladybug.org/

I'm sure they'd love to get your information.

And do you know about this site? It's to post Life Cycle series.

http://www.buglifecycle.com/

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