LADY BEETLES

WESTERN BLOOD-RED LADY BEETLE
WESTERN BLOOD-RED LADY BEETLE
CONVERGENT LADY BEETLE
CONVERGENT LADY BEETLE

Beetles are the largest order in the animal kingdom. There are about 350 thousand species worldwide, in North America there are about 25 thousand. One family of beetles are Coccinellidae, which include ladybugs, also called ladybirds or lady beetles. They all have dome-shaped bodies with six legs. Markings can vary, some have spots and stripes, while other have none. Here are two types of lady beetles. The Western Blood-red Lady Beetle can vary in color from orange to dark red, they do not have spots. Their colors can distinguish them by East and West coast areas. The Convergent Ladybug Beetle has spots, they are the most common lady beetle species throughout North America. Both of these beetles can be found in many habitats including forests, fields, or gardens. They feed on mites, aphids, and scale insects.

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