October 26, 2014

Eye-Spotted Lady Beetle

I have never noticed a ladybug like this before. It really surprised me. The white rings around its black spots are unique to this species.

Common Name: Eye-Spotted Lady Beetle
Scientific Name: Anatis mali
     Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
          Phylum: Anthropoda (Anthropods)
               Subphylum: Hexapoda (Hexapods)
                    Class: Insecta (Insects)
                         Order: Coeoptera (Beetles)
                              Suborder: Polyphaga
                                   Superfamily: Cucujoidea
                                        Family: Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
                                             Subfamily: Coccinellinae
                                                  Genus: Anatis (Giant Lady Beetles)
                                                       Species: mali (Eye-Spotted Lady Beetle)
Other Facts: Lady beetles are "extraordinary consumers of aphids" and are "among the most beneficial of beetles". (Lady Beetles of Ontario)

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