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Hippodamia Ladybugs:


Convergent (Hippodamia convergens)

No common name (Hippodamia lunatomaculata)

Parenthesis (Hippodamia parenthesis)

Five spotted (Hippodamia qumquesignata)

Sinuous (Hippodamia sinuata)

Thirteen spotted (Hippodamia tredecimpunctata)

No common name (Hippodamia undecimnotata)

No common name (Hippodamia variegata)

Washington (Hippodamia washingtoni)


Convergent Ladybug

Convergent Lady Beetle (Hippodamia convergens) -

Orange or red wing covers with up to 13 black spots. Black head shield with to converging white stripes. (about 1/8 - 1/4 inch) 4.2 to 7.3 mm. Attack cotton, pea, melon, cabbage, potato, green peach and corn leaf aphids. If aphids are scarce then they attack mites, asparagus beetle eggs and larvae and potato psyllids. They also eat some nectar and pollen. Females lay from 200 - 1000 eggs in a 3 month period starting in Spring. Eggs are laid near prey in small clusters. The eggs are small (about 1/32"or 1 mm) and are spindle shaped. Larvae are dark and alligator like with 3 pair of prominent legs. They grow from 1 mm to adult size in about 1 month. They travel up to 30 ft (12 m) in search of prey. Pupation takes up to 12 days depending on the temperature. One or two generations each year. In the Western U.S. they hibernate from until February in large aggregations in mountain valleys and then disperse in search of food and egg laying sites. This species is the one sold commercially because of the ease of collection during their hibernation period. It is not recommended that you use these ladybugs in your garden although they might be suitable in a greenhouse where they can't escape. Return to Index.

Convergent Ladybug Eggs Convergent Ladybug Larvae

Lady Beetle Larvae and Lady Beetle Eggs>> .

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Parenthesis Ladybug

Parenthesis Lady Beetle (Hippodamia parenthesis) -

Wing covers are orange-red with parenthesis markings near rear and 3 irregular spots near front. Head shield about equal black and white markings. (about 1/8 - 1/4 inch) 3.75 to 5.6 mm. Return to Index.

5 Spotted Ladybug

Five Spotted Lady Beetle (Hippodamia qumquesignata) -

Wing covers are red with 2 black spots and 3 black bands (1 long shoulder bands). Head shield is black with 2 small eye spots plus irregular white areas. (about 1/8 - 1/4 inch) 4.0-7.0 mm. Return to Index.

13 Spotted Ladybug

Thirteen Spotted Lady Beetle (Hippodamia tredecimpunctata) -

Orange wing covers with 13 black spots (1 irregular). Head cover is black with irregular white areas. (about 1/8 - 1/4 inch) 4.5-6.4 mm. Return to Index.

Last edited: 11/22/98 11:01 PM



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