Harmonia axyridis is a large coccinellid beetle. Its colour ranges from yellow-orange to black, and the number of spots between 0 and 22. It is native to eastern Asia, but has been introduced to North America and Europe to control aphids and scale insects. It is now common, well known and spreading in those regions.
In this coccinellid the black spots are so large that they meet and leave only patches of orange as spots. In some species the black is so extensive as to form the background to small coloured spots. In some species either type of pattern occurs.
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Spotted on Aug 5, 2012
Submitted on Aug 5, 2012