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C-Mac Ladybeetle

  • Common Name: C-mac Ladybeetle
  • General Category: Predator
  • Taxonomic Classification: Coleoptera: Coccinellidae
  • Scientific Name: Coleomegilla maculata

Description

One of our most common native ladybeetles, both the adults and larvae are predatory on aphids as well as a variety of other small insects. The adults and larvae can be found in a variety of habitats, wherever aphids occur in larger numbers.

C-mac Ladybeetle adult C-mac Ladybeetle Pupa and Eggs

Identification

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Adults

Oval, concave on top, flat underneath. Small, clubbed antennae. Pink triangle shape on head, Pink color with 14 black spots on thorax and abdomen.

Larvae

Black, spiny alligator-like bodies with two orange vase-like markings on the thorax, and two orange transverse bands on the abdomen, with the one closest to the head being incomplete. Legs that appear sharp and footless at the ends.

Value in Pest Management

Important contributors to pest management. Although these native beetles focus their attention on aphids, they are generalist predators and will consume other small insects and their eggs. The natural control they provide helps to suppress some pest populations. They are sold for biological control of insect pests in North America (see BIRC online Directory).

Origin and Distribution

Native, throughout North America.

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