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Orange lady bug with no spots - Cycloneda sanguinea - female

Orange lady bug with no spots - Cycloneda sanguinea - Female
Lake Placid, Highlands County, Florida, USA
August 2, 2009
Size: 5mm
Prior to joining bugguide, I thought lady bugs were a species and they just varied in color and spots. I did try to use the guide at discover life, but it came up with multiple possible species without photos to compare against. The white line is a strand of spiderweb.

Things I thought before joining BugGuide...
Tim, your comment made me smile because before I knew any better, I also thought there was only one species of lady beetle. It's amazing how the more you learn, the more a whole new world opens up to you! :-)

This image is a good addition to the guide and also a very nice compliment to your previous post of a male photographed at the same location:

I knew there were a few...
...but not that there was more than one "black with two red spots" variety. Oy, Bozhe, the day I saw one, looked it up, and found that not only was there more than one species, there was more than one genus, and even several subfamilies - yeah, that messed with my head. It scared me off lady beetles for a while. Obviously I've recovered a bit since :-)

Moved from Lady Beetles.

Cycloneda sanguinea
Blaine's correct: the Spotless Lady Beetle, Cycloneda sanguinea, which is the only North Amer. Cycloneda in Florida. It has distinctive markings that separate it from the other 2 species where they overlap: round pale spots in the center of the curved, "C" shaped markings on the pronotum. The other species have the curved markings only - occasionally with a hint of a separate spot, but not the centrally-placed, round, large spot of C. sanguinea.

This is female: the front edge of her pronotum isn't white all the way across, nor does it have a white line extending rearward from the center. The center of her "face" is black. Males have white "faces" and more white markings on the pronotum.

Although the spiderweb is distracting, I nominate we keep this in the Guide as a good head-on view of the female head and pronotum. Suggest Frassing the lateral image, but for me this one is a keeper.

Dont have references handy, but I believe C. sanguinea is the only species in FL.

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