Types of Ladybugs

There are many types of ladybugs. In fact, there are over 5,000 different species in the world with almost 500 of them found in North America. Some types of ladybugs are more common than others, however, and some of the most common have been imported from other countries.

Types Of Ladybugs In Your Garden

  • Convergent Ladybug (Hippodamia convergens) - The Convergent ladybug is one of the most common types of ladybugs in North America, with a range that reaches from southern Canada to South America. Convergent ladybugs have white spots on a black head and black spots on red forewings. These beetles are often sold commercially for insect control.
  • Black Ladybug (Chilocorus kuwanae) - A native of Korea, the Black ladybug was introduced into this country by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to attack scale insects. The Black ladybug is small (1/10 of an inch) insect with a deep red spot in the center of each forewing.
  • Seven Spotted Ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) - Found mostly in Europe, the Seven Spotted ladybug was introduced in the 1970s into parts of the northeastern US. The Seven Spotted ladybug is such an efficient predator of aphids that is sometimes displaces other ladybug species. These ladybugs have a pair of white spots on their head and a distinctive pattern of black spots (1-4-2) on orange or red forewings.
  • Asian Ladybug (Harmonia axyridis) - This introduced species of ladybug has quickly spread to many parts of the country. Although the Asian ladybug is a very effective predator, its habit of entering the interior of buildings to find winter hibernation spots has made the insect a nuisance to homeowners. Asian ladybugs range in color from yellow through orange to red and may have many spots or no at all.
  • Vedalia Ladybug (Rodolia cardinalis) - The first introduced species of ladybug into this country, Vedalia ladybugs are credited with saving the California citrus industry in the late 1800s. The total cost of this biological control effort was $1500. Vedalia ladybugs are very small (1/16" to 1/8") and have a mottled red and black shell.
  • Pink Spotted Ladybug (Coleomegilla maculata) - Common along the eastern Canadian/US border, the Pink Spotted ladybug is an important insect predator that preys on aphids, mites and insect eggs. The area behind this insect's head is characteristically pink or yellowish and the pink to red forewings have six prominent spots.
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