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Twenty-Spotted Ladybug

Psyllobora vigintimaculata


I spotted this tiny (<2mm) Twenty-spotted ladybug on my mammoth sunflower leaf in my garden in Emeryville, CA. From Discover Life: "The only northeastern North American species of Psyllobora, P. vigintimaculata, is a small (2-3mm), yellowish species that occurs across the continent from Labrador to Alaska and south to Mexico. Unlike most lady beetles, which are carnivores, Psyllobora species are mildew-feeders, and have mandibles armed with rake-like rows of small teeth used in gathering up spores and conidia."


Urban flower garden.


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misako 5 years ago

Thanks JOHN2!

JOHN2 5 years ago

Great find, very interesting Thanks!

misako 9 years ago

I know--I almost missed it. Since then I have seen more on the sunflowers.

1Sarah2 9 years ago

Wow, that is small!

misako 9 years ago

Thank you Cindy. I almost ignored it, but took a photo any ways, when I zoomed in I was surprised at what I saw! I thought is was a juvenile Harmonia axyridis, but it is a species of its own, amazing.

CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Wow, that is tiny. Nice spotting.

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California, USA

Spotted on Sep 15, 2011
Submitted on Sep 17, 2011

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