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Do Ladybugs Bite?
- 1 Do Ladybugs Bite?
- 2 Human Bites
- 3 Are fire-ant bug bites dangerous ?
- 4 Can ladybugs bite?
- 5 Types of Ladybugs: Classification, Species and Asian Lady Beetle Vs. Ladybug (Including Pictures)
- 6 Ladybug 101: Ladybug Classification, Species, Types
- 7 Bugs that Look Like Lady Bugs
- 8 Asian Lady Beetle (Japanese Ladybug)
- 9 The Asian Lady Beetle is a Ladybug Imposter that Bites
- 10 Ladybug vs. Asian Beetle (Asian Lady Beetle)
- 11 How to Get Rid of Asian Lady Beetles
- 12 Types of Ladybugs
- 12.1 Convergent ladybug
- 12.2 California lady beetle
- 12.3 C-7 (Seven-spotted ladybug)
- 12.4 22-Spot ladybug
- 12.5 Cardinal ladybird (vedalia ladybug)
- 12.6 Pink spotted lady beetle
- 12.7 Hadda beetle (28-spotted potato ladybug)
- 12.8 Two-spotted ladybug
- 12.9 Twenty-spotted ladybug
- 12.10 Orange-spotted ladybug
- 12.11 Three-banded ladybug
- 12.12 Eye-spotted ladybug
- 12.13 Fifteen-spotted lady beetle
Do Ladybugs Bite? Although they are often considered beneficial bugs in the garden, a ladybug bite is anything but advantageous for the unlucky person on the receiving end. It stings and leaves a mark. But is this something you should worry about? Are ladybugs dangerous to humans? Or are ladybugs harmful to the plants they sometimes overwhelm? Here’s what you need to know.
Ladybug danger Ladybugs are indeed capable of biting humans. More often than not, they prefer not to bite, but when they do, ladybugs bite with surprisingly sharp mouthparts. Instead of biting, these multicolored, spotted insects will often bleed on a person, releasing a pungent odor that wards off most prey. This blood is generally mistaken for another type of bodily secretion, but no matter what you think it is, one thing is clear when it happens: the ladybug isn’t enjoying its time with you.
Still, ladybug bites aren’t poisonous or deadly, and no blood meal is taken. They can’t transmit any parasites or diseases, but they can be a real pain – literally. Bites from a ladybug often result in a raised red bump that may hurt for a few days. But other than that, the biting mouthparts of this insect rarely have the force required to break through skin. Still, as with virtually any insect, some people are allergic to ladybug bites, and might develop a reaction. If you develop a rash, infection or unusual swelling, seek medical attention.
Other concerns Due to the infrequency with which ladybugs chomp down on humans, their overwintering and gathering habits are much more concerning to homeowners. In some parts of the country, it’s not uncommon to see thousands of ladybugs congregating around just one house. As numbers increase, so does the risk that you or your family members will get bitten by a ladybug.
At the first sign of a ladybug problem, call Terminix® and reduce the chances of receiving ladybug bites in and around your home.
Human Bites Related Articles
Facts You Should Know About Human Bites
- Human bites can be either quite serious or relatively harmless.
- It is important to know which ones need medical attention.
- Human bites consist of a range of injuries, including intentionally inflicted bites, but also any injury caused by coming in contact with the teeth of another person.
- For example, if two children collide and the tooth of one causes a cut on the other, this is classified as a human bite.
What Causes a Human Bite?
Human bites can be either accidental or intentional.
- Intentional bite injury: This generally happens during fights and can result in a wide range of injuries from minor bruising to partial loss of body parts (for example, ears or nose). Unfortunately, this can also be an injury seen in child abuse, sexual abuse, and self-mutilation.
- Closed fist injuries: This bite occurs when someone punches another person in the mouth or, occasionally, accidentally strikes another in the mouth during sports or horseplay. These bites can cause damaging hand injuries and can be very serious if not properly treated. It is important to share this information with your healthcare professional as a cut secondary to contact with a person’s mouth is treated significantly different from a cut due to a sharp surface or knife.
- Accidental bites: Typical head or other body part bites occur when clashing with another person’s tooth. These can be minor or, in the case of a head wound in young children, very serious.
- «I didn’t know it was a bite!» category: Yes, we frequently run the risk of problems from doing things to ourselves that technically qualify as bites. For example, it is not a good idea to bite your nails because this can lead to an infection known as paronychia or a hangnail. Similarly, it is almost a reflex to suck on wounds or to kiss a child’s boo-boo, but if you introduce mouth bacteria, it could lead to problems such as an infection.
- Love bites (for example, hickeys): These qualify as a human bite. However, if bruising is the only sign with no skin break, these are largely harmless. Other «love bites» cross the line into intentionally inflicted wounds and may be more serious. Any bite marks in the genital area in children need to be evaluated as a possible sign of abuse.
What Are Signs and Symptoms of Human Bites?
A human bite is generally obvious, but on occasion the victim is unaware (for example, the bite occurred while the victim was drunk) or reluctant to tell others (for example, a hand injury due to a fight). Use caution in ignoring cuts over the knuckles if there is the chance the cut happened in a fight, especially if the cuts came from hitting another person in the mouth. Otherwise, the two most important things to know about a bite are whether there is a skin break or signs of infection.
Signs of a skin break
- A skin break increases the risk of infection, and it also makes it necessary to give a tetanus booster if the affected person’s tetanus status is not up to date. A skin break is often obvious but can be difficult to tell in some cases. Any skin area that looks like the top layer of skin has come off should be considered a skin break. When in doubt, seek a health care professional’s opinion. A raw appearance to the area or the oozing of clear fluid is a sign of a skin break.
Signs of infection (note that infection can occur even in properly treated bites)
- Increasing pain and tenderness: Although all bites hurt initially, the pain usually gets steadily better. If a bite begins to hurt more after time passes, this can be the first sign of infection. Increased pain from an infection is usually matched by increased tenderness when the area of the bite is touched. Typically, this begins 1-2 days after the bite but can occur even later with deeper infections.
- Increased or new redness: Some color changes can be expected at the beginning, particularly bruising and some redness, but this usually does not get much worse after the first few hours. An increase in redness is a warning sign of infection.
- Increased swelling: Some swelling is expected initially, but this usually peaks on the first day. If the bite swells up more after the first day, it may be a sign of infection.
- Fever: A new fever in someone with a bite should be cause for concern. However, waiting for a fever to be sure there is an infection is also wrong. Most people with human bite infections do not get a fever until the infection has spread significantly. If the area around the bite itself feels very warm, even if there is no actual rise in the whole body temperature, this could also be a sign if an infected wound bite.
- Pus drainage: Pus is yellow and will generally be a late sign of infection. This drainage needs to be distinguished from clear oozing that can occur during the first few hours if the skin is scraped by teeth. This clear oozing is not a sign of infection. If in doubt, the affected person should consult a healthcare practitioner.
- Red streaks: When you can see thin red streaks running toward the center of the body from a wound, infection is usually present. This condition is sometimes called blood poisoning (the medical term for this condition is lymphangitis), even though this has nothing to do with the bloodstream. What is occurring is an inflammation of the lymph vessels, part of the body’s defense system against infection that includes the lymph glands or nodes. Signs and symptoms of lymphangitis should trigger an immediate visit to your health care professional or emergency department.
- Swollen glands: These may occur in areas near the bite as the lymph glands react to protect the body. For example, if a hand is infected, sore, swollen glands on the inside of the elbow or armpit of the same arm as the bite may develop.
When Should I Call the Doctor About a Human Bite?
Even with what appears to be a minor bite, contact a doctor to be sure a tetanus shot is not needed. Once the skin is broken, the doctor should be consulted because the risk of infection is higher. Any sign of infection, even if the affected person has already been seen by the doctor, is a reason to call.
If there is any suspicion that part of a tooth is in the bite wound (foreign body), people should seek medical care as this will increase the risk of the infection.
Using the hospital’s emergency department for a human bite is often the proper treatment to seek. Emergency doctors generally have a lot of experience with bites and other wounds. People who do not have a doctor or who cannot get in touch with their doctor may have to use the emergency department even for minor bites in order to get a tetanus shot and a doctor’s opinion of the need for other treatment, such as antibiotics.
- Closed fist injuries: Bites over the knuckles are very serious. These are at high risk for infection. Once infected, these bites can lead to major damage to the important parts of the hand. Additionally, the force of punching someone in the mouth can lead to broken bones or cuts in the tendons, and those need expert care. An infected bite in this area will usually require an overnight stay in the hospital.
- Finger chomping injuries: Just like the closed fist injury, this human bite can lead to serious problems. The bones and tendons can be injured and are at risk for infection.
- Bites with tissue loss: If a significant part of skin and muscle tissue is lost, the patient needs to seek medical care as soon as possible. An expert (for example, a hand surgeon) can often repair loss of a tissue part as the result of a human bite.
- Deep bites: Any bite that bleeds a lot or appears to be more than a scrape needs thorough cleaning and examination.
- Infected bites: Bites that are infected often require the patient to stay in the hospital and receive antibiotics through an IV. The doctor will determine if treatment with oral antibiotics is possible or if IV medication and a hospital stay is warranted.
- Bites of the head in children: Because of the thin nature of the scalp and the risk of a serious infection, any cut in a child’s scalp (including the forehead) that was caused by a tooth should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
- Bites in other special areas: Bites of the ear and nose are a problem because of the cartilage in this area. Due to decreased blood flow, an infection of the cartilage can be very difficult to treat and can cause permanent damage.
How Do Doctors Diagnose Human Bites?
The doctor will begin an evaluation generally with a series of questions that will include how the bite happened, when it occurred, what first aid procedures were performed, and any symptoms the patient is having. The doctor will want to know if tetanus shots are up-to-date, so bring any records of immunizations the person may have. A list of the person’s medical problems and medications will also help expedite care.
- Physical examination: This involves looking in and around the wound to see what damage has occurred. With minor bites this is often just a quick look to see if the skin is broken or not. With deeper bites the doctor may have to anesthetize the area to allow a thorough examination of the affected area. Tests of nerve and tendon function (how well a patient can feel things and move body parts) are usually part of the examination.
- X-rays: Most bites will not require this unless a broken bone is possible. X-rays are often obtained on closed fist injuries and other bites to the hand to rule out gas formation or foreign bodies. X-rays may also be obtained if the doctor believes a piece of a broken tooth may be in the wound.
- Blood tests: Blood tests are usually not performed in human bites. Even infected bites do not usually require a blood test to make the diagnosis. If a patient has to stay in the hospital, chances are likely some blood tests will be ordered. If there is a concern about the transmission of HIV or other illness due to a bite, the doctor might order blood tests. These tests can include an HIV test (to determine baseline status) as well as tests to determine if the patient will be able to tolerate other possible medications.
What Is the Treatment for Human Bites?
Treatment of a human bite can be anything from ice packs for swelling (no skin breakage) to surgery, depending on the seriousness of the bite. For serious bites, early treatment is important to give the best chance at preventing infection.
Are fire-ant bug bites dangerous ?
August 10, 2012 5:42PM
The bites are not poisonous, so a few bites alone
are not dangerous to a human. However, fire ants also
sting when they bite, and the stings are poisonous.
Unless the person bitten is dangerously allergic, a few stings and
bites are nothing to worry about, though they are painful. However,
they can be life-threatening to an allergic person.
On the other hand, when a large enough number of fire
ants bite and sting a person at about the same time, that
can kill. A typical example is when a colony of fire ants is
flooded out of the nest by a river in flood. They float downstream
in a ball of living ants, and when they reach a tree or house, they
clamber out in a hurry all together. Anyone sheltering there,
unable to escape, is then attacked and stung by hundreds or
thousands of ants, and that sort of situation may lead to
Can ladybugs bite?
my friend had a ladybug land on her head and she says now it burns (she says)
They can bite. Their diet consists of small insects and mites. It is more of a pinch. They are not blood suckers and do not inject anything but for a sensitive person in a sensitive spot it can irritate for a while. Like any other small injury, clean it with a dab of witch hazel followed by a dab of aloe or lavender oil or tea tree oil should do it if you need to do anything at all.
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Yes, I have been bitten by a ladybug. I think it mistook my finger for food and tried to take a bite. Probably thought I was plant material or something. but it did hurt more than I thought it would for such a small, innocent looking bug!
Um. ladybugs are purely carnivorous and they diet is full of prey that are all smaller than them. do your research
I loved ladybugs growing up i thought there was only one in the world little did i know there are millions of them now. Over this past weekend I was picking apples off my apple tress with about 6 other people and we were all getting bit like crazy now 3 days later i still have bumps and im itching non stop and it driving me NUTS the spots where i was bitn and this goes the same with my husband are red raised bumps and we have them all over. The time we were bittn it did hurt and now we are paying for it.
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Yep, I’ve personally been bit myself by a true ladybug
Types of Ladybugs: Classification, Species and Asian Lady Beetle Vs. Ladybug (Including Pictures)
Ladybugs are a type of beetle that usually have a red, oval-shaped body with black spots. The proper classification for ladybugs (also called ladybirds) should be lady beetles as they belong to a family of small beetles called Coccinellidae. Although the most common color of ladybug species is red, some types of ladybugs have yellow, orange, grey, or even pink body.
Ladybugs also have flecks on the upper parts of their wings that come in colors such as pink, red, black, yellow or white. Ladybugs can have as many as 13 specs on the upper part of their wings.
Ladybugs that are native to Europe and North America don’t bite. However, the Asian lady beetle is now becoming a pest in many countries. These beetles look similar to native ladybugs but they bite and can cause allergic skin reactions. Ladybugs are not poisonous to humans, but they can have toxic effects on some smaller animals such as lizards and even birds.
In this article, you will learn about the various types of ladybugs. You will also learn how to tell apart good ladybugs from the bad Asian lady beetle.
Ladybug 101: Ladybug Classification, Species, Types
Ladybug (also called ladybird or lady beetle)
- Kingdom: Animalia (All animals)
- Phylum: Arthropoda (Invertebrates)
- Class: Insecta (Insects)
- Order: Coleoptera (Beetles)
- Super Family: Cucujoidea (Super Family of Beetles)
- Family: Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
There are over 6,000 species of ladybugs, each with their own unique characteristic. There are about 150 species of ladybugs in the United States. So, just as there are many types of birds, so there are many different types of ladybugs. (1)
Ladybugs should actually be called lady beetles because they belong to a group of insects form the order Coleopteranot. Members of the Coleopteran’s are beetles, hence a ladybug is actually a type of beetle.
The order is not the only part of ladybug classification as they are further classified by their family. Coccinellidae (the scientific name for the family of ladybugs) belongs to the super-family of beetles called Cucujoidea. This family includes insects such as fungus beetles, bark beetles, fruit worm beetles as well as lady beetles.
When looking at ladybugs (or lady beetles), you also need to consider classifications such as the kingdom, the phylum and the class. Ladybugs belong to the Animalia kingdom (all animals). They are a part of the Phylum Arthropoda (invertebrates). Their Class is Insecta (insects) and as mentioned previously, they belong to the order of Coleoptera (beetles), and their family is that of the Coccinellidae (lady beetles).
The lower classification of ladaybirds depends on their size, color, number of spots, and habitat. For example, Coccinella septempunctata is a red-colored variety of lady beetle with 7 spots and is the most common one in Europe. Hippodamia convergens is a type of lady beetle that belongs to the Coccinellidae family and is the most common ladybug species in North America.
The life-cycle of ladybug insects starts as larvae that hatch from eggs. These larvae (which some say look like tiny alligators) gorge on aphids which is one of the reasons they are so useful in pest control. Then, the larvae form into a pupa which is usually yellow in color with black markings. After a few days, an adult ladybug beetle emerges and starts feeding on small insects.
Species of ladybugs range from just over 1 mm in length to over 10 mm. Most ladybugs are flying beetles, and this is probably why in many English-speaking countries they are called ladybirds. The most common types of ladybugs have red body, but other species have colors such as black, blue, orange, yellow, and pink.
Most ladybird species are classified as beneficial insects. According to some estimates, about 90% of the many thousands of ladybug species are predators. (2) They help to keep down populations of aphids that can destroy crops such as potatoes, grain, and legumes. In fact, organic gardeners buy live ladybugs to use as a natural way to control pests.
The usefulness of ladybirds is due to the fact that they gorge on almost anything. So, what do ladybugs eat apart from aphids? Researchers have found that different types of ladybugs eat different things. Here are a few examples:
- Ladybugs that belong to the lower classification of Coccinellinae called ‘Halyziini’ feed on fungal growths on plants.
- The tiny Stethorus utilis species of lady beetle eats mites and other small bugs.
- Most types of ladybugs love to eat mealybugs, scale insects, and, of course, aphids.
- Depending on their food source, ladybugs may also drink water, honeydew, or feed on the nectar from flowers.
Although the majority of ladybug species are beneficial insects and cause no harm, there are some destructive types. One of these is the Mexican bean beetle (Epilachna varivestis) that feeds on bean plants. Another type of pest is the Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis) which is in the ladybug classification of Coccinellidae.
Bugs that Look Like Lady Bugs
There are actually very few bugs or beetles that look like lady bugs which aren’t classified as ladybugs (Coccinellidae). So, why do many people think that there are bugs similar to ladybugs? This could be due to the fact that people don’t realize that there are thousands of beetle species.
Not all ladybugs are red with black dots. Some types of lady beetles are black with red spots, others are white with tiny black markings, whereas others have striped bodies.
However, there are a few fake ladybugs which can easily be mistaken for true ladybugs. These types of beetle include the Clerid beetle, Scarlet lily beetle, and Colorado potato beetle.
These bugs are types of beetles that look like ladybugs but are actually fake ladybugs. From left to right: the Clerid beetle, Scarlet lily beetle, and Colorado potato beetle
One type of bug that looks like a ladybug and is actually from the same Coccinellidae family, is the Asian lady beetle. Even though the Asian lady beetle is similar to native ladybugs, they act completely different. This is why many people consider them to be an invasive pest.
To know how to identify the difference between these ladybug impostors, it’s important to know more about them.
Asian Lady Beetle (Japanese Ladybug)
Asian lady beetle (Japanese ladybug)
The Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis) is in the Coccinellidae family and the Coleoptera order. Other names for this invasive pest include the Japanese ladybug, Halloween ladybeetle, harlequin, or multicolored Asian beetle.
The multicolored Asian beetle was imported into the US and other countries to control the number of crop-destroying pests. However, the Asian beetle itself has become a nuisance for many people. In late fall and early winter, Asian ladybugs start flying to warmer climates. Large numbers can swarm and invade homes. The biting ladybugs can also cause an irritating bite on exposed skin. Unlike native ladybugs, their Asian cousins leave an odorous slimy fluid when squashed. (3)
Scientists have identified that species of Asian lady beetles come in many colors. These winged insects are between 5 and 8 mm in length with oval body. Many Asian lady beetles have red body with black spotted marking. They can also be orange color or cream color and may or may not have markings. (4)
Being classified as a true member of the lady beetle family (Coccinellidae), Asian beetles have a similar life-cycle. After the eggs hatch, larvae feed on soft plant food. They then molt their skin 4 times before becoming a pupa. After that, they emerge from this pupa state as adult Asian lady beetles.
The best way to prevent swarming Asian ladybugs invading your home is to caulk crevices around windows, doors, and pipes. This is essential in preventing further infestations as the “bugs” have been known to return year after year to the same place.
The Asian Lady Beetle is a Ladybug Imposter that Bites
If you have been bitten by a ladybug, chances are that this was an Asian lady beetle and not the Convergent ladybug or the 7-spot ladybird.
What does an Asian lady beetle bite feel like? Fortunately, these flying ladybugs don’t have a nasty bite. Scientists say that the bite feels like a pinprick and only rarely has complications. (5)
Unlike harmless native ladybugs, the Asian type of ladybug can leave behind stinky yellow secretion. For some people, this can cause allergic skin reactions or asthma.
Ladybug vs. Asian Beetle (Asian Lady Beetle)
Ladybug vs Asian beetle (bad ladybug)
Telling the difference between native ladybugs and biting Asian lady beetles can be challenging. Both look similar and are of similar size. However, there are some tell-tale signs that allow you to tell them apart such as the markings on their head and the bite.
One of the main differences between ladybug and Asian beetle is the bite. Ladybugs native to North America and Europe are not biting beetles. As already mentioned, Asian ladybugs can pinch the skin.
The other the difference between ladybug and Asian lady beetle is the swarming nature of Asian beetles. If you see a lonely ladybird, then it is probably a native ladybug species. Unlike native ladybugs, Asian beetles swarm in large numbers and quickly cover windows. This is because, in the fall, swarming beetles look for warm surfaces.
One other difference between ladybugs and Asian ones is the markings on their head. From above, Asian lady beetles have a white “M” shaped spot where their head meets the body on their pronotum. This is the part of their body between their head and body, and is usually black.
Before you try to get rid of an Asian beetle, be aware of their “reflex bleeding.” When the red flying pests feel threatened, they excrete a staining acrid yellow substance. Harmless ladybugs don’t do this.
Due to their more aggressive nature, the Asian ladybugs can harm dogs. One report mentions Asian beetles that got embedded in the mucosa of the dog’s mouth (the soft tissue that lines the mouth). The beetles secreted a toxic chemical substance that caused burning to the dog’s mouth. (5)
It is said that once the beetle is stuck into the dog’s mucosa, it is hard for the dog to get rid of it, and usually manual removal is required. Some vets have reported a few cases where dogs ingested Asian beetles and developed stomach upset such as vomiting and diarrhea.
How to Get Rid of Asian Lady Beetles
If you have identified Asian lady beetles in your home, the best way to eradicate them is with a vacuum cleaner. This prevents crushing them and risk staining fabrics or having to deal with the disgusting odor they leave behind.
Once you get rid of them, you need to seal up any cracks or crevices where they could enter your home. Asian ladybugs leave behind pheromones that will continue to attract these flying pests to your home year after year.
Let’s look at many other different types of ladybugs from around the world.
Types of Ladybugs
The majority of ladybug species are harmless and are good for your garden. Also, you don’t have to worry if you see a native species of ladybird (ladybug) in your home. They don’t bite and they don’t carry disease.
Let’s look briefly at some of the varieties of ladybirds native to North America, Europe, and other countries.
The Convergent ladybug is the most common type of ladybug in North America
The Convergent ladybug or lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens) is the most common native species found in North America. This has a dark orange oval body with 12 black spots of varying sizes on its dome-shaped back. This ladybug species measures between 4 and 7 mm.
This native ladybird species is popular to help control aphid populations, which is their main food source, as well as whiteflies and other insects.
California lady beetle
The California lady beetle doesn’t have black marking on the back
The California ladybug (Coccinella californica) is a type of lady beetle that has a red domed back without any black spots. The identifying feature of this ladybird species is the black line running down the middle of its back. Its head is mostly black and may have a white spot on either side.
This native Californian lady beetle measures around 5 mm.
C-7 (Seven-spotted ladybug)
The seven-spotted ladybird is common in Europe
One of the most common native ladybirds you will find in Europe is the seven-spotted ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata). This is sometimes called C-7 for short.
Despite being common in Europe, the C-7 has been successfully introduced into states in the US. This type of ladybird has 7 spots on its back. There are 6 of similar size on either side of its wing covers and a larger black spot on the middle just behind the pronotum. It has a black head similar to the California ladybug.
This species of ladybird is one of the larger varieties with adult ones measuring up to 10 mm long.
The 22-spot ladybug is a type of ladybug that prefers to eat mildew grown on shrubs
The 22-spot ladybug (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata) is a striking type of ladybird due to its bright yellow color. As its name suggests, there are 22 spots on this small species of lady beetle and it also has 5 spots on its pronotum. This is one of the smaller types of beetle in the Coccinellidae family measuring only 5 mm.
Unlike other aphid-consuming ladybugs, this species prefers to eat mildew that grows on shrubs.
Cardinal ladybird (vedalia ladybug)
Cardinal ladybird is a small type of ladybug
You may mistake the Cardinal ladybug (Rodolia cardinalis) for a regular beetle due to its black body. There are distinct red markings on its back which means it doesn’t resemble a typical ladybug. This is also a small type of ladybug because adults only grow to between 2 to 4 mm in length.
Native to Australia, this ladybug feeds on aphids, small mites, and scale insects. It has been used successfully in Australia and California to control mite infestations in orchards.
Pink spotted lady beetle
The pink spotted lady beetle helps control the Colorado potato beetle
The pink spotted lady beetle (Coleomegilla maculata) is also called the twelve-spotted lady beetle. Unlike other ladybugs, this species has a somewhat oblong body rather than an oval one. There are 6 black markings on each pink-colored wing cover.
This species of ladybird thrives along coastal regions and helps control infestations of Colorado potato beetles.
Hadda beetle (28-spotted potato ladybug)
Hadda beetle is a type of yellow orange ladybug
The common name for the Henosepilachna vigintioctopunctata species has ‘potato’ in it because this ladybug feeds on and damages potato crops. The yellow-orange colored beetle has 14 black markings on each wing cover. The oval body is larger at the head end.
This yellow species of ladybug originates in India and is prevalent in some countries in the Southern Hemisphere.
Two-spotted ladybug is a popular variety in Europe and North America
This red species of lady beetle, the two-spotted ladybug (Adalia bipunctata) is called so due to the two spots on its back. One of the striking features of this type of lady beetle is the 2 large white spots on the pronotum. This makes the beetle look like it has 2 large eyes.
Some species of Adalia bipunctata are known to have more than just two spots. This type of lady beetle is popular in Europe and North America to help control crop pests.
Twenty-spotted ladybug is a type of small ladybug with cream colored body
The twenty-spotted ladybug (Psyllobora vigintimaculata) is an unusual-looking beetle due to its cream-colored back and brown markings. Because of its small size of only 2 or 3 mm, it may be very difficult to spot this ladybug.
Orange-spotted ladybug is an unusual type of ladybug with black body
Another unusual type of ladybug is the orange-spotted lady beetle (Brachiacantha ursina). This is also called the ursine spurleg lady beetle. This shiny black beetle has a pronounced dome-shaped back and an oval body. Each wing cover has a number of bright orange or yellow markings.
Measuring only 3 – 4 mm in size, this black ladybug species may also be hard to find.
The three-banded lady beetle variety
Another member of the Coccinella family is the appropriately named three-banded lady beetle (Coccinella trifasciata). Three black bands wrap around the orange body of this native North American lady beetle. Some say that this beetle looks like a tiger. Being only 4 mm in length, this is another type of small ladybug.
The eye-spotted ladybug
When you see the eye-spotted ladybug (Anatis mali), it’s not difficult to see how it got its name. Each wing cover has a number of markings that look like tiny eyes. The distinct markings give the large ladybug a unique look. Compared to other ladybugs, this species is of similar size to the 7-spotted ladybird of Northern Europe, 7 – 10 mm.
Fifteen-spotted lady beetle
The fifteen-spotted lady beetle has types with white or dark purple body
The fifteen-spotted ladybug (Anatis labiculata) is a very unusual white species of ladybeetle with black markings. Its body has a round, oval shape with markings on either side of its wing covers. This ladybird species measures between 7 and 9 mm. One type of the 15-spotted ladybug species also has a deep purple body.