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The multicolored Asian lady beetle looks very similar to other lady beetles but is generally larger, about 1/3-inch long. This beetle typically has 19 black spots which can vary in appearance from well-defined to no more than faint traces on its wing covers, this specimens seems to have almost 16in with a black 'M'-shaped marking behind its head.
Spotted at Central Park - New York. It is native to eastern Asia, but has been artificially introduced to North America and Europe to control aphids and scale insects.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Coleoptera Suborder: Polyphaga Superfamily: Coccinelloidea Family: Coccinellidae