Convergent Lady Beetle – Hippodamia convergens.
If you don’t look closely, you might not realize how many different species of Lady Beetle (ladybug) you have.
A so called “convergent” lady beetle because of the white lines that converge behind the head. I also noticed immediately that this species looks longer and more slender than the Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetle and the Seven-Spotted Lady Beetle (the traditional “ladybug”). According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Convergent Lady Beetle, like the Twelve-Spotted Lady Beetle, is a native species. According to the Lost Ladybugy Project, the Convergent Lady Beetle is the fifth-most abundant lady beetle in America in terms of specimens collected by volunteers (an inexact science, to be sure).
Many sites credit the expansion of the Convergent Lady Beetle to sales to garden centers for pest control. In fact, this specimen was on a foxglove I purchased from Lowe’s the day before. Considering I have never seen this particular species before I assume he was a stow-away. Being a native, I’m happy to have him in the yard.
Photo taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens in Davenport, Iowa, on May 17, 2009.