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Orange ladybug? - Coccinella

Orange ladybug? - Coccinella
Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
April 22, 2010
I'm pretty positive that this is some kind of lady bug but I've never seen any here that were a solid color. Anyone know what kind it is?

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Orange ladybug? - Coccinella Orange ladybug? - Coccinella

Moved from Lady Beetles.

Moved from ID Request.

Very fresh!
No need to worry about spotless forms - this one will get its spots still :o) It's a very freshly emerged beetle (indeed probably 7-spot) as you can tell by the dimpled surface of the elytra and the wide gap between them toward the rear this beetle is still in need of pumping up the wings. Compare here ;o)

Coccinella septempuctata
...spotless color form vs. teneral. Spottless forms not common but not unheard of. Some people consider C. californica a spottless variety of C. novemnotata (although 'californica' is on the West Coast, so that's not what you have here).

Could be a very young adult
There are species with no spots, but the species with spots, at least some of them, emerge from pupation rather pale and darken over the next two days or so. Sometimes the spots aren't visible during the first hour. You may have found one in the process of coloring up.

Seven-spotted ladybug?
The markings on the front of it look like the Seven-spotted ladybug,
Coccinella septempunctata, but there should be seven spots on it's back. The experts can probably give you a better answer.

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