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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.