Winter Lady Beetle

Location: Calgary, AB
Date: June 1, 2008

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Winter Lady Beetle

Common Name:  Winter Lady Beetle/ Ladybug

Latin Name:  Brumoides septentrionis (Weise, 1885)
                        (R. Bercha, det.)

Length:  ~ 3 mm

Range: Throughout Alberta

Habitat:  Various

Time of year seen:  May to September

Diet: Scale insects

Other: The Winter Ladybug is one of our easiest species of ladybugs to identify.   Normally it has a black stripe along the dorsal edge of its wing covers with variable black markings on the sides.  These markings range from two black spots on each side to no spots to having the spots joined completely together.   Being a widespread species it is found across North America in dryer habitats ranging from the prairies to boreal forest.   It seems to be more common towards the end of summer.  (Acorn, 2007)   


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