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Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetle - Propylea quatuordecimpunctata - female

Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetle - Propylea quatuordecimpunctata - Female
West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
June 19, 2006
Size: 4.5mm
This one has a lot more black on it than the others, and the face pattern is a little different too.

female head pattern
Look out, I've just gotten to page 817 in Gordon,(1) where he talks about P. 14-punctata head patterns...this one's female, with a black spot on the clypeus.

(And no, I don't have anything better to do tonight than look at all the P. 14-punctata images and sex them if I can see the clypeus...)

Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetle
This beetle is very common in Europe and has multifarious colorations. You can be sure: it's the Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetle.

The more I see these beetles, the easier it gets to recognize with all it's variations. Thanks for the note.

P. q.
Gordon (1) shows considerable elytra variation, including an example with even more black than this one. I'd say you're correct:)

Thanks Tim
These guys sure do have plenty of variation.

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