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Species Coccinella novemnotata - Nine-spotted Lady Beetle

Coccinellid - Coccinella novemnotata Coccinellidae, lateral - Coccinella novemnotata Coccinella novemnotata Nine-spotted Lady beetle - Coccinella novemnotata Ladybug - Coccinella novemnotata Pale orange Coccinelidae - Coccinella novemnotata Lady Beetle on Astragalus crassicarpus - Hippodamia sp.? - Coccinella novemnotata RIs second C. nov find - Coccinella novemnotata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Subfamily Coccinellinae
Genus Coccinella
No Taxon (narrow black elytral suture)
Species novemnotata (Nine-spotted Lady Beetle)
Other Common Names
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coccinella novemnotata Herbst
Orig. Comb: Coccinella 9-notata Herbst, 1793
Explanation of Names
novemnotata (L). '9 marked'
4.7-7.0 mm (1)

Head with broad, pale band between eyes;
anterior pronotal margin entirely pale,
elytral suture narrowly blackish
elytra with or without spots (1)
Current Range - scattered western, upper midwest records, plus Long Island (2)
Historical Range - Formerly ranged across most of the US and southern Canada. (1)
Experienced sudden population decline and disappeared from the Northeast in the 1980's. Almost extirpated in the East (Cornell University).
May-Sept (BG data)
In 1985, Gordon wrote, "[t]his species is extremely widespread in North America and is commonly collected." (1)
Now about one new (modern) record is reported to BugGuide annually...
considered by New York State to be a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (3)
See Also
The spotless form of Coccinella novemnotata might easily be confused with the west coast bandless version of C. trifasciata subversa. Please click on the image below for details.

Coccinella californica (Mannerheim)
- range hugs the west coast
Print References
Harmon, J.P., Stephens, E., Losey, J. 2007. The decline of native coccinellids (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in the United States and Canada. Journal of Insect Conservation 11: 85-94. (Abstract)
Herbst, J.F.W. 1793. Natursystem alter bekannten In-und Ausland Insecten. Der Kafer, Band 5., Berlin. 392 pp.
Losey, J.E., J.E. Perlman, and E.R. Hoebeke. 2007. Citizen scientist rediscovers rare nine-spotted lady beetle, Coccinella novemnotata, in eastern North America. Journal of Insect Conservation 11: 415-417.
Stephens, E. and J.E. Losey. 2003. The decline of C-9 – New York State’s Insect. The Xerces Society. Wings: Essays on Invertebrate Conservation. Fall 2003, pp. 8-12. (Full PDF)
Internet References
Cornell University - photo and info
Species Profile - Xerces Society
UC Integrated Pest Management Program - photo of spotless form
Natursystem alter bekannten In-und Ausland Insecten, Der Kafer, v.5, p.269 - Herbst's original description of the species (in German, with Fraktur lettering)
Works Cited
1.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.
2.The Lost Ladybug Project (LLP)
3.New York "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN)