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Ladybug or something else? - Harmonia axyridis

Ladybug or something else? - Harmonia axyridis
Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
March 20, 2010
Size: small
Ladybug or something else?

Asian Beetle
You can distinguish the different types of beetles based mainly upon their pronotum. The infographic on this page helps explain the difference. But the main feature that sets this one apart is the black "w" marking. Convergent lady beetles and lady bugs are quite a bit different.

pronotum is not diagnostic
There are a lot of species, in many genera, with the "W" marking; and not all H. axyridis do have the "W."

Moved from ID Request.

My Guess
I think thats an asian beetle. Only way to definitively ID is to talk to it, and see if it transposes its L's with R's.

Very nice macro. May I ask what is your macro rens?

Pronunciation confirmed!
Yes, I just got the Canon MP-E 65. Takes some getting used to. This was my first attempt at focus stacking using Zerene Stacker.

Lady beetle prize fighter! Great pic!
Boy, that is one threatening-looking beetle. Quite the opposite of the "cute little ladybug" of popular culture! Harmonia axyridis in the role of the Alien Invader it really is...

I LOVE this image.

I like it too!
Do not frass! :)

Thank you for your kind words. I just got a super-duper macro lens and this guy was the only thing crawling around my office.

Re: Ladybug or something else?
Looks like Harmonia axyridis (Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle) to me.


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