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Ladybug

Harmonia axyridis

Description:

The adult is highly variable in color and pattern. In the east, the elytra (hard shiny wing cases) range from orange to red, with many to no black spots. In the west, some individuals are black with two large red patches, and some are black with several large orange spots. Several other variations are shown here. In the east, the pronotum is usually white with four black spots, which range from small spots to large patches that may blend together to look like a black M (or W).

Notes:

Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators. Ladybugs can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. Their coloring is likely a reminder to any animals that have tried to eat their kind before: "I taste awful." A threatened ladybug may both play dead and secrete the unappetizing substance to protect itself

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Asian Ladybug
Harmonia axyridis Harmonia axyridis


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8 Comments

vivianpoma
vivianpoma 7 years ago

wonderful!!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Fantastic!!!

RickBohler
RickBohler 9 years ago

Thanks all :)

pennymomof2
pennymomof2 9 years ago

Amazing pictures!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely shot!
You could add this to the Color Red & Pollinator Bugs missions too!

ThePinappleMan
ThePinappleMan 9 years ago

What a great spotting!

RickBohler
RickBohler 9 years ago

Thanks! it is a zinnia bud :)

CourtneyVerk
CourtneyVerk 9 years ago

Beautiful pictures! Do you know what type of flower is the lady bug is sitting on?

RickBohler
Spotted by
RickBohler

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2011
Submitted on Dec 4, 2011

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