Eleven-spotted Lady Beetle © kathleenfspicer (iNaturalist)

Eleven-spotted Lady Beetle © Steve Kerr

The Eleven-spotted Lady Beetle is an introduced species from Europe. Its wing covers are usually red or orange with five black spots on each and one spot split between them. This species feeds primarily on aphids.



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Fun Fact

The Eleven-spotted Lady Beetle is salt resistant, meaning that it can feed on aphids found in saline environments, such as coastal meadows.


Eleven-spotted Lady Beetles are 4 to 5 mm in length.


Found in dry habitats, grasslands, agricultural fields, gardens, and other low-growing vegetation. Seems to have a preference for dune ecosystems. Occasionally can be found on deciduous trees.

General Range

Native to the Palearctic – Europe and North Africa, east across Asia. Has been introduced to the United States, and can be found in the Pacific Northwest and in the Northeastern United States.


Aphids, mealybugs, and other small insects.

Life Cycle

Overwinters in leaf litter, cracks in tree bark, occasionally in buildings. They usually congregate and overwinter in groups. Females emerge in the spring, breed, feed, and lay eggs on the leaves of vegetation near prey. Life cycle is shorter at warmer temperatures. They can have two generations per year. Takes up to 23 days to develop from an egg to an adult, and can live as an adult up to 55 days. Eleven-spotted Lady Beetles may be easiest to find in the spring when adults are breeding and moving to fields to feed and lay eggs, and again in the fall when they are congregating to overwinter.

More Information

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Vermont Distribution

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