The Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetle is native to parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, however its North American range is rapidly spreading. They were originally introduced to the United States to help control the Russian wheat aphid (Hoebeke 2019). These small beetles come in a surprising variety of colors and patterns. Their 14 spots are almost rectangular in shape and their color ranges from cream to light orange.
Although Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetles are named for their fourteen spots, these spots are rarely separate. They often blend together, creating larger patterns that can resemble an anchor.
You can find more information about Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetles on their iNaturalist Species Account and their Bug Guide info page.
Visit the iNaturalist Observation Map to find out where Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetles have been seen in Vermont.