Variegated Lady Beetle © Erik Danielsen

Variegated Lady Beetle © Kent McFarland

Variegated Lady Beetle © Tom Murray

The Variegated Lady Beetle is also known as the Adonis Ladybird. This species is native to Europe and is usually found in meadows or gardens. Its body is elongated and it can have anywhere from 0-15 black spots on its wing covers.

Status

Introduced

Non-Native species found in the United States and Canada.

Last Seen

2020

Fun Fact

The first North American discovery of the Variegated Lady Beetle was in Quebec in 1987.

Identification

The Variegated Lady Beetle is 4 to 5 mm in length, and is oblong in shape.

Habitat

Is associated with herbaceous species in dry or sandy environments. Can be found in disturbed sites, industrial sites, and agricultural crops as well.

General Range

The Variegated Lady Beetle is native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia, but has continued expanding its distribution across Africa and Asia, and has been introduced to North and South America. The Variegated Lady Beetle can be found across the United States.

Food

Mainly eats aphids, will also consume thrips, whiteflies, scale insects, and mites.

Life Cycle

Easiest to find in the warm summer months. One study noted a population increase in the fall, which may be a result of adults aggregating to hibernate. Eggs are laid on herbaceous plant leaves and stems, which hatch and complete the larval stages in 9 to 12 days. Larvae then pupate and emerge in around 6 days.

More Information

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

Vermont Distribution

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