Eye-spotted Lady Beetle © Bill Keim

The Eye-spotted Lady Beetle is native to North America. This species’ color ranges from yellow to brownish-red. Its black spots are surrounded by a lighter ring, hence its name. Its commonly found in areas where aphids are present, especially on trees.

Status

Native

The Eye-spotted Lady Beetle has not received any status rankings in the United States. In Canada, the Eye-spotted Lady Beetle has been ranked as Secure in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; Apparently Secure in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia; and Vulnerable in Manitoba.

Last Seen

2020

Fun Fact

The Eye-spotted Lady Beetle, along with other Anatis species, darkens as it ages.

Identification

The Eye-spotted Lady Beetle is larger than many of the other native species in Vermont, ranging from 7.3 to 10 mm in length.

Habitat

This species is arboreal, typically residing in tree canopies. It will sometimes be found lower. This species is closely associated with conifer trees.

General Range

North to Ontario and British Columbia, south to Virginia and west to Oregon.

Food

Aphids, especially those found on conifer trees.

Life Cycle

The Eye-spotted Lady Beetle has been found to lay its eggs in the lower canopy of conifer trees, and can be found as early as April through October. They are most frequently observed May through July, coinciding with aphid populations in conifer trees. One study showed that the Eye-spotted Lady Beetle’s life cycle was comparatively more synchronized with the life cycle of Mindarus abietinus (Balsam Twig Aphid) than the non-native Asian Lady Beetle, and actively hunted M. abietinus.

More Information

You can find more information about Eye-spotted Lady Beetles using the following links:

Vermont Distribution

Visit the iNaturalist Observation Map and the Occurrence Records to find out where Eye-spotted Lady Beetles have been seen in Vermont.