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Coleomegilla maculata (De Geer, 1775)
SPOTTED LADY BEETLE
Spotted ladybug

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Coleomegilla maculata, Spotted Lady Beetle
© Copyright Gail Starr 2011 · 6
Coleomegilla maculata, Spotted Lady Beetle

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Coleomegilla maculata, Spotted Lady Beetle
© John Pickering, 2004-2017 · 2
Coleomegilla maculata, Spotted Lady Beetle
Coleomegilla maculata
Steve Marshall, University of Guelph. All rights reserved. · 1
Coleomegilla maculata

Coleomegilla maculata, with parasite
Steve Marshall, University of Guelph. All rights reserved. · 1
Coleomegilla maculata, with parasite
Coleomegilla maculata, 4
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Coleomegilla maculata, 4

Coleomegilla maculata
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Coleomegilla maculata
Coleomegilla maculata lengi
© Copyright Hadel Go 2014-2015 · 1
Coleomegilla maculata lengi
Overview
"The Spotted Lady Beetle (Coleomegilla maculata) is probably the most common native lady beetle in eastern North America. These 4-7mm long, pinkish, multispotted beetles form overwintering aggregations among leaves at the bases of trees, and venture out onto the dead leaves as soon as the spring sun melts the snow around the tree trunks. Masses of hundreds of Spotted Lady Beetles signal that spring is on the way, and soon Ontario lawns will become spotted with dandelions which will in turn be spotted with spotted lady beetles munching on pollen. Once they get their proteinaceous head start with a seasonal breakfast of dandelion pollen, Spotted Lady Beetles disperse to feed on a variety of aphids.

"The second of these two photographs shows a Spotted Lady Beetle sitting on top of a cocoon of a parasitic wasp (Perilitus coccinellae) that developed inside the beetle. The lady beetle is not quite dead, and can still twitch enough to scare off other insects that might eat the parasitic wasp's cocoon."


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  • Steve Marshall, Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario

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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Alligatoridae  Alligator @ I_LB (1)
Amaranthaceae  Amaranthus palmeri @ I_LB (14)
Apiaceae  Torilis arvensis @ I_LB (1)

Zizia aurea @ I_LB (1)
Apocynaceae  Apocynum xfloribundum @ I_LB (1)

Vinca major @ I_LB (1)
Asclepiadaceae  Cynanchum laeve @ I_LB (1)
Asteraceae  Echinacea @ I_LB (1)

Erechtites hieracifolius @ I_LB (2)

Ratibida pinnata @ I_LB (1)

Silphium laciniatum @ I_LB (1)

Zinnia @ I_LB (1)
Bromoviridae  Cucumber @ I_LB (6)
Coelopidae  This one @ I_LB (1)
Fabaceae  Robinia pseudoacacia @ I_LB (1)

Trifolium pratense @ PN- (1)

Trifolium repens @ I_LB (1)

Vicia sp @ I_LB (5)
Iridaceae  Iris pseudacorus @ I_LB (1)
Liliaceae  Hosta @ I_LB (1)
Plantaginaceae  Plantago sp_( @ I_LB (1)
Poaceae  Cynodon dactylon @ I_LB (1)

Sorghum @ I_LB (1)
Polemoniaceae  Phlox paniculata @ I_LB (2)
Polygonaceae  Rumex crispus @ I_LB (4)

Rumex sp @ I_LB (1)
_  Alfalfa @ I_LB (2)

All of @ I_LB (1)

Arugala @ I_LB (1)

Asyriaca @ I_LB (1)

Beans @ I_LB (2)

Bee @ I_LB (2)

Bok @ I_LB (1)

CMac checks @ I_LB (1)

Cabbage @ I_LB (1)

Cattail @ I_LB (1)

Cilantro flower @ I_LB (1)

Cilantro @ I_LB (6)

Clover @ I_LB (13)

Common @ I_LB (6)

Corn @ I_LB (4)

Cottonwood @ I_LB (1)

Daisy @ I_LB (3)

Dandelion @ I_LB (1)

Dandelions @ I_LB (1)

Day @ I_LB (1)

Dayflower @ I_LB (1)

Daylily @ I_LB (3)

Dill @ I_LB (1)

Domestic @ I_LB (1)

Driftwood @ I_LB (1)

Elm @ I_LB (3)

Found on @ I_LB (1)

Garlic @ I_LB (1)

Golden @ I_LB (1)

Grass @ I_LB (1)

Green beans @ I_LB (1)

Green @ I_LB (2)

Honeysuckle @ I_LB (1)

I wish @ I_LB (1)

In the @ I_LB (1)

Indian @ I_LB (1)

Maple @ I_LB (4)

Milk weed @ I_LB (1)

Milkweed @ I_LB (6)

Mint @ I_LB (1)

Mostly @ I_LB (1)

Mulberry tree @ I_LB (6)

Oats @ I_LB (1)

Obedient plant @ I_LB (1)

Onion @ I_LB (1)

Our kitchen @ I_LB (1)

Pale @ I_LB (1)

Peas @ I_LB (1)

Pepper @ I_LB (1)

Poison @ I_LB (1)

Poplar @ I_LB (2)

Potato @ I_LB (1)

Pumpkin @ I_LB (3)

Queen @ I_LB (2)

Romaine @ I_LB (1)

Squash @ I_LB (6)

Standard pink @ I_LB (1)

Stump @ I_LB (1)

Sunflower @ I_LB (1)

Sweet @ I_LB (2)

Table cloth @ I_LB (1)

Timothy @ I_LB (1)

Tomatillo @ I_LB (2)

Tomato @ I_LB (2)

Tropical @ I_LB (1)

Weeding flower @ I_LB (1)

Willow @ I_LB (4)

Window sill @ I_LB (1)

Zucchini plant @ I_LB (1)

Zucchini @ I_LB (1)

aesclepias syriaca @ I_LB (1)

alfalfa @ I_LB (5)

anise @ I_LB (1)

another c @ I_LB (1)

beans @ I_LB (3)

black walnut @ I_LB (1)

bok choy @ I_LB (1)

burr reed @ I_LB (1)

cilantro @ I_LB (2)

cinnamon basil @ I_LB (1)

clover near @ I_LB (1)

clover @ I_LB (3)

common milkweed @ I_LB (2)

corn @ I_LB (24)

cotton @ I_LB (4)

cucumber @ I_LB (3)

daisy @ I_LB (2)

day lily @ I_LB (1)

egg plant @ I_LB (1)

eggplant @ I_LB (11)

found by @ I_LB (1)

found in @ I_LB (1)

golden forsythia @ I_LB (1)

golden rod @ I_LB (1)

goldenrod sp @ I_LB (1)

goldenrod @ I_LB (2)

grass @ I_LB (5)

green pepper @ I_LB (1)

i am @ I_LB (1)

lettuce @ I_LB (1)

maple tree @ I_LB (1)

milkweed @ I_LB (4)

my car @ I_LB (1)

not observed @ I_LB (1)

on clover @ I_LB (1)

orange mint @ I_LB (1)

peony @ I_LB (1)

pepper @ I_LB (1)

perineal sunflower @ I_LB (1)

pink-spotted lady @ I_LB (1)

plant in @ I_LB (1)

pollen head @ I_LB (1)

potato @ I_LB (3)

prairie milkweed @ I_LB (1)

pumpkin @ I_LB (2)

queen ann's @ I_LB (1)

raspberry @ I_LB (1)

rye grass @ I_LB (1)

sedum @ I_LB (2)

soy bean @ I_LB (1)

spring beauty @ I_LB (1)

squash @ I_LB (12)

swamp maple @ I_LB (1)

sweet corn @ I_LB (2)

thistle @ I_LB (1)

tomato plant @ I_LB (1)

tree @ I_LB (1)

under Hackberry @ I_LB (1)

unknown - @ I_LB (1)

was on @ I_LB (1)

wetlands @ I_LB (1)

wheat @ I_LB (3)

white clover @ I_LB (1)

white ford @ I_LB (1)

white pine @ I_LB (1)

wintered in @ I_LB (1)

zucchini squash @ I_LB (5)

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