Pronunciation:  [Coc⋅ci⋅NELL·i·dae]

Common Name:  Lady Beetles

Description:  Ladybird beetle adults are oval and brightly colored. They appear to have three tarsal segments, but actually have four. A small bead-like third segment is nested within the second segment. Larvae are flattened and covered with spines. Both the larvae and adults are predaceous on aphids.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Tarsi appear 3-3-3, actually 4-4-4
  2. Body oval and convex
  3. Black with red spots or red/orange with black spots

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Order:  Coleoptera