The Esteemed Sigil Lady Beetle is native to North America. Its wing covers are black with orange or pale yellow spots of varying sizes (one larger in the middle, smaller spots toward the rear).
Has not been Ranked in the United States or in Canada.
The Esteemed Sigil Lady Beetle’s species name (proba) means “proper, upright, virtuous”.
The Esteemed Sigil Lady Beetle is 2.0 to 3.0 mm in length.
- Male: Head is pale, with a black margin on the top.
- Male: Pronotum is black, with light yellow to orange, narrow margin along the front, connecting or nearly connecting rectangular-shaped spots of the same color, which are on either side of the pronotum.
- Female: Head is black
- Female: Pronotum same as male, but lacks the narrow margin connecting the two side patches.
- Elytra are black and lightly punctured with two large, yellow to orange spots located in the middle of the elytra (one spot per elytron). At the back of the elytra, there are 4 yellow, white, or orange spots (2 per elytron).
- Easily confused with other Sigil Lady Beetles (genus Hyperaspis), Spurleg Lady Beetles (genus Brachiacantha), and Twice-stabbed Lady Beetles (genus Chilocorus).
Likely woodlands, orchards, and sometimes found in fields.
Eastern and central United States.
One study found the Esteemed Sigil Lady Beetle to be most abundant in July and August.
Little is known about this insect.
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