Octavia Lady Beetle © Karen Bourque

Octavia Lady Beetles are very similar in appearance to Undulate Sigil Lady Beetles. There is very little known about the species.

Status

Native

Global Status: Secure

Last Seen

2020

Fun Fact

Casey, the researcher who described the Octavia Lady Beetle, capitalized “Octavia” in the description, indicating that this Lady Beetle was likely named after someone named Octavia.

Identification

Octavia Lady Beetles are between 2.2 and 2.8 mm long, and are elongate in form. They can be difficult to distinguish from Undulate Sigil Lady Beetles. Octavia Lady Beetles are typically larger and less elongate in form than Undulate Sigil Lady Beetles.

Habitat

Has been found on Willow (Salix sp.). Has also been reported in meadows.

General Range

Seems to extend south to Mississippi, east to the coast, north into Quebec, and west to Minnesota and Alberta. Range may extend further, no full range map appears to be available.

Food

Likely aphids and other small, soft-bodied insects.

Life Cycle

Unknown.

More Information

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

Vermont Distribution

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