Arthropods (Arthropoda)----Insects (Insecta)----Beetles (Coleoptera)----Polyphaga----Cucjoidea----Ladybirds (Coccinellidae)

Ladybirds got their name from the fact the common and well-known red species matched the colour of the Virgin Mary; they were orgrinally known as the Lady's bugs. Ladybirds come by many names such as Ladybugs, ladybeetles and Lucky bugs. These insects are well liked because of their love for eating aphids, scale insects, mealybugs and mites, which places them near the top of a gardener's "want" list, however not all species feed on aphids, some are herbivores (the Mexican bean beetle as an example, is also an agricultural pest) and some feed on fungi and mildew (such as the Twenty-spotted ladybird). When ladybirds first hatch from their pupa, they are pale yellow, and after a couple of hours they gradually gain their markings and true colours.

One fact that has eluded the majority of the world is that ladybirds do bite, but very, very rarely; if they do bite, you will know about it, I once got bitten by a small Two-spotted ladybird which resulted in a small <0.5cm red dot on my hand, one ladybird, an introduced species, called Harmonia axyridis in latin, bites as a habit; both adults and larvae bite very frequently when handled, pinch your arm as hard as you can, this is just what the bite feels like, just slightly less painful. Another thing ladybirds can do is "Reflex bleeding" this is when a ladybird secretes a orange or yellow blob of fake blood which smell deters predator (it doesn't smell that bad...) which both adults and larvae do. The ladybirds that are very tiny and feed on plants and fungi do not seem to reflex bleed.

The Cream-spotted ladybird is one of the most variable species, adults can have 18 black spots with either yellow or pink as a background, or they can be black with 18 small cream-coloured spots (presumably were its name comes from), or on very rare occasions they can be black with 2 red patches (not to be confused with Chilocorus sp.) I'm not sure if this melanic form occurs in Alberta yet.

Species Edit

Seven-spotted ladybird
7-spotted ladybird2
Two-spottted ladybird
2-spotted ladybird new

30th May, 2009.

Parenthesis ladybird
Parenthesis ladybird
Coccinella septempunctata Adalia bipunctata Hippodamia parenthesis
Thirteen-spotted ladybird
Sinuate ladybird
Sinuate ladybird2
Cream-spotted ladybird
Hippodamia tredecimpunctata Hippodamia sinuata Calvia quatuordecimguttata
Hudsonian ladybird
Mulsantina hudsonica1

24th April, 2009

Painted Ladybird
Mulsantina picta
Episcopalian ladybird
Episcopalis ladybird
Mulsantina hudsonica Mulsantina picta Macronaemia episcopalis
Twenty-spotted ladybird
20-spotted Mildew ladybird

14th June, 2009

Micro ladybird
American Eyed Ladybird
Anatis mali ladybird
Psyllobora vigintimaculata Microweisea misella Anatis mali
Harlequin ladybird
Harlequin ladybird 1
Mealybug destroyer
Mealybug destroyer2
Glacial ladybird 2 uncomfirmed
High country ladybird2

Elevation: 2150ft~

Harmonia axyridis Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Hippodamia glacialis lecontei?
Glacial Ladybird
Hippodamia glacialis
Hippodamia glacialis