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Convergent lady beetle

Biology and identification

Common name:

Convergent lady beetle

Scientific name:

Hippodamia convergens

Type of insect:

Beetle

Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta, Order Coleoptera, Family Coccinellinae

How to identify it:

Eggs are yellow, 1-3mm long and laid perpendicular to the leave surface. They are often laid in clusters near aphids.

Larvae look like miniature alligators with six legs. Older ones are black with some orange and red markings. It’s hard to tell species apart by the larvae. The larvae shed their exoskeletons to become larger as they grow!

Adults can be identified by the two white lines in an almost touching V shape behind their head. Spots are not a good indicator of species because they can have as many as 13 or none at all! They are mostly red, and can be from 4-7 mm long.

Gardener friend or foe?

Friend!

What does it eat?

Aphids. Both the larvae and the adults are predatory.

What eats it?

Larvae often eat each other! They are also attacked by other insects such as lacewing larvae.

Photos

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