Ashy Gray Lady Beetle - Olla v-nigrum | SocalFauna.net

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Ashy Gray Lady Beetle (Olla v-nigrum)


Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae


A polymorphic species (4-6mm) found throughout North America where it is a common aphid predator. Two main forms exist: a pale form with black maculations (about 8 per elytron), and a black form with a large red-orange spot on each elytron. The dark form may most easily be mistaken for other medium-sized red-spotted black lady beetles such as Chilochorus or Harmonia axyridis (dark form); the pale form is unlikely to be confused with any other species in California

References:
1. California Beetle Project at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2. Robert D. Gordon. 1985. The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico

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