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lady bug? - Chilocorus

lady bug? - Chilocorus
Medina County, Ohio, USA
June 8, 2006
this may end up getting "frassed" because of the crappy quality but i hope someone can ID it. i've never seen a lady bug with reversed colors like this one.

Moved from Ladybird Beetles.

it is
It is a ladybird family member. the cucumber beetle and the ivory ladybug are ladybirds as well.

Cucumber Beetles
While you're right that an ivory ladybug is a ladybug, on the other hand both striped and spotted cucumber beetles are not, they are Leaf Beetles.

Looks very similar to this image of a Ladybird Beetle in genus Hyperaspis. Perhaps someone else can confirm.

Not sure
Certainly the markings are similar, but the beetle in the Hyperaspis photo looks oval, and the other beetle looks close to round. Also, in the Hyperaspis photo the spots seem centered front to back, or even rear of center, while in the other photo the spots seem front of center.

Or maybe all this is just a trick of camera angle...


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

Chilocorus sp.
I concur with Stephen - Hyperaspis are oval with spots in various places, but your lady is round (with a wide, flat lateral margin on the elytra, especially toward the base) and has 2 spots a little forward of middle. These characteristics point to the genus Chilocorus, and probably the common C. stigma


Oops, I just notice Eric already said almost the same thing in a previous reply (good to be in agreement with Eric :). Suggest you move your image to the Chilocorus page.

that looks like my bug. thank
that looks like my bug. thanks for the help.

Not quite.
Your image is of one of the "twice-stabbed" lady beetles in the genus Chilocorus. Still, there are many, many species, in several genera, with the 'reverse' coloration. The vast majority of lady beetle species are so small and drab that way don't take notice of them.

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