Glacial Lady Beetle © Owen Strickland

Glacial Lady Beetle © Ryan Hodnett

The Glacial Lady Beetle is native to North America. Its wing covers are reddish-orange and its spots are mostly located close to its rear, although smaller spots or a fused marking can be present depending on the subspecies.

Status

Native

Ranked as Vulnerable in Alberta and Saskatchewan; and as Apparently Secure in British Columbia and Ontario. The Glacial Lady Beetle has not been ranked in the United States.

Last Seen

1976

Fun Fact

Although the Glacial Lady Beetle is native to the U.S. it is not found in the south-eastern states.

Identification

Glacial Lady Beetles are 5.5 to 8 mm in length. They are oblong in shape.

Habitat

Prairies, fields, agricultural crops; associated with goldenrod plants.

General Range

There are three subspecies in North America. In Vermont, we have Hippodamia glacialis glacialis.

Food

Aphids and other soft-bodied insects. One study found that Glacial Lady Beetles were the most abundant predator of Trirhabda (genus of leaf beetles) larvae on Goldenrod.

Life History

Presumably overwinter near the sites they feed at. Glacial Lady Beetles emerge from their hibernation in May. Encountered with the greatest frequency between late May and early July. Little information is available on Glacial Lady Beetles.

More Information

You can find more information about Glacial Lady Beetles using the following links:

Vermont Distribution

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