Parenthesis Lady Beetle © Jason Michael Crockwell

The Parenthesis Lady Beetle is native to North America and found throughout the United States. Its wing covers are red-orange, with seven black spots. The two black spots farthest away from its head are curved and will sometimes connect with the two spots directly above them.

Status

Native

In Canada, the Parenthesis Lady Beetle is listed as Apparently Secure in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario; Secure in Alberta; and Vulnerable in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba. The Parenthesis Lady Beetle does not have a ranking in the United States.

Last Seen

2020

Fun Fact

The Parenthesis Lady Beetle is not found in the southeastern United States or northern Pacific coast.

Identification

The Parenthesis Lady Beetle is oblong in shape and between 4 and 5 mm in length.

Habitat

Meadows, grasslands, fields, early successional areas.

General Range

North to the Northwest Territories, south to South Carolina, west to California, and east to the coast.

Food

Aphids, small insects, insect eggs.

Life Cycle

Eggs are laid on leaves and stems, hatching within 3 to 5 days. The larvae grow and complete their growth in 10 to 14 days. Larvae pupate on leaves and stems as well, emerging within 5 to 7 days. Parenthesis Lady Beetles can be found from April through November in Vermont. The Parenthesis Lady Beetle is most frequently found in June and July in fields and field margins.

More Information

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

Vermont Distribution

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