"This IS an exciting ladybug, but we don't believe it to be and Adalia bipunctata. Though two spotted ladybugs can vary a great deal, the spots do not have halos adn the pronotum and the head have variable patterns but not like this! Harrumph, right? Not too fast. We think this is a three-banded ladybug, Coccinella trifasciata subversa. The subversa means something like limited markings. The closest photo I can find to one like yours is this http://bugguide.net/node/view/208792. And if you read the fine print here it looks like yours would be a male. Coccinella trifasciata can have halos around their bands, and this species is one we are paying special attention to also. It seems to be disappearing like the others.
So, thank you indeed for a very special submission!
One note, though, even common ladybug submissions give us important data. Without them all we cannot determine how rare or how common any of them are. So don't hold back!
Thank you again. Please keep in touch and visit our website at www.lostladybug.org.
Lost Ladybug Project"
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
How cool is this?! Here's the note I received back about my lady bug...