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Subject:  Black Ladybug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Ventura, California
Date: 08/06/2021
Time: 01:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I have been seeing so many fabulous bugs this summer but mostly practicing mindfulness and present moment awareness and haven’t captured many pictures for you to identify- but this evening on a neighborhood walk I spotted a black ladybug (?) and wondered if that is a thing?
How you want your letter signed:  Melanie on the Irish Chain

Conspicua Form: Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Dear Melanie on the Irish Chain,
Based on this BugGuide image, this is the “Conspicua Form” of the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle,
Harmonia axyridis.  The common name refers to the extreme color variations possible in this introduced species, including the familiar orange with black spots, but the number of spots may vary, the background color ranges from light to deep orange, and often the spots are absent.  Of the “Conspicua form” BugGuide states:  “A melanic (darkly pigmented) form of Harmonia axyridis. Entirely black with a white central head marking, two rounded pronotum markings, and two red or orange elytral markings. Occasional extreme variants may have reduced or absent white markings on the pronotum.  The extended black pigmentation forms a layer over the usual pattern. Thus, sometimes the standard pattern shows through. In these cases, a black spot from the usual form will show over the red marking, creating a crescent or C-shaped spot.” Your individual displays the “C-shaped spot.”

Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Crystal Falls MI
Date: 05/07/2019
Time: 07:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please identify
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Eye Spotted Lady Beetle

We were able to identify this Eye Spotted Lady Beetle, Anatis mali, on BugGuide.

Subject:  12(?) spot & 0 spot ladybirds (ladybugs)
Geographic location of the bug:  Abruzzo, Italy
Date: 05/07/2019
Time: 03:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi guys
I am currently visiting friends, and prowling their woodlands.
Spotted these little beauties and would be very grateful for an ID.
How you want your letter signed:  Fof

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Dear Fof,
Your spotted beetle is a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle which is pictured on BugGuide and which is found in Italy according to Wikipedia.  Your second beetle, the one without the spots, is not a Lady Beetle.  It is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it as
Chrysolina grossa on BioLib and on TrekNature where it states:  “Chrysolina grossa is a Mediterranean species, associated with Labiatae of the genera Mentha and Satureja.”

Leaf Beetle

Hi Daniel
Thank you very much, for your very fast response, and, above all, for the information.

Subject:  What type ladybeetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Date: 03/30/2019
Time: 05:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Never have seen this one before.  Native?
How you want your letter signed:  Dawn

Fifteen Spotted Lady Beetle

Dear Dawn,
We are quite confident we have correctly identified your Fifteen Spotted Lady Beetle,
Anatis labiculata, thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Like other Anatis species, Fifteen-spotted Lady Beetles darken with age. In the oldest individuals, the spots may not be visible against the dark background color.”

Subject:  Ladybird Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Date: 03/28/2019
Time: 01:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am keen to identify this Ladybird Bug as friend or foe – have many of them in the garden.
How you want your letter signed:  Lyndie

Fungus Eating Lady Beetle

Dear Lyndie,
This is a very interesting submission for us.  We quickly identified your Fungus Eating Lady Beetles,
Illeis galbula, on the Brisbane Insect website where it states:  “Both adults and larvae feed on fungus and black mold on leaves” and “The Fungus-eating Ladybird larvae grow up to 8-10mm.  They are creamy white in colour with lines of black dots on their back. They are usually found feeding those black mold or fungus on leaves. The larvae runs very fast when disturbed.  Larvae feed only on powdery mildew type of  fungus (Oidium sp., Erysiphales) which infecting various plants. ”  Most Lady Beetles are considered beneficial as they are predators, but we have never heard of a beneficial Lady Beetle eating detrimental fungus on plants.  We decided to find another source for information, so we found the New Zealand Arthropod Collection Fact Sheet Series where it states:  “This adventive ladybird was first found in New Zealand in 1985 in Auckland. It comes from Eastern Australia and is also found in New Guinea. It is now present in New Zealand’s North Island, where it occurs in gardens, parks, and other areas where powdery mildew fungi infested plants occur. It is most commonly seen on cucurbits (Curcurbaceae).”  The site also states:  “The adult and larval ladybirds eat powdery mildew fungi and are probably attracted to the smell of powdery mildew. This kind of fungus forms white growths on the surface of leaves that include its fruiting bodies (spores). In spring the over-wintering adults may feed on pollen. The adults and larvae of many fungal feeding ladybirds have modified mouth parts for scraping fungal hyphae and spores from the surface of leaves.”

Fungus Eating Lady Beetles

Subject:  Two-Toned Asian Ladybird Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Winter Park, Fl, 32792
Date: 02/16/2019
Time: 10:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Discovered a Two-Toned Asian ladybird beetle by my porch  light the other night. Believe that’s the proper ID, one mentioned on a similar photo that its possible that its its wing-case died, leaving one to be lack of red pigmentation?
Curiously, the other post was taken years ago at Disney World, so could this be possible that its genetic mutation instead?
How you want your letter signed:  Alexis Comstock

Two-Toned Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Dear Alexis,
Sorry for the delay.  We were interrupted while creating a posting for your submission and it was saved as a draft and forgotten.  The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle is quite variable.  The suspicion about the dead elytra or wing cover is interesting, but we don’t know if it is accurate.