The Mexican Bean Beetle is native to Mexico and the southwestern United States. It became established in the eastern U.S. in 1920. Its color ranges from reddish-orange to brown to golden yellow and it has eight black spots on each wing cover. Unlike most lady beetles, this species feeds on plants and is considered an agricultural pest species.
The Mexican Bean Beetles primarily eat the leaves of legumes. Leaves eaten by these beetles typically have a lacy appearance because the beetles only eat the underside.
You can find more information about Mexican Bean Beetles on their iNaturalist Species Account and Bug Guide info page.
Visit the iNaturalist Observation Map to find out where Mexican Bean Beetles have been seen in Vermont.