Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
Harmonia axyridis

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis Once upon a time, I discovered this attached to a leaf of my tangelo tree.  It turned out to be the pupa of the multicolored  Asian lady beetle (a.k.a. ladybird beetle, lady beetle).  I kept it in a small container until it emerged in order to be able to identify the adult form.

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis This is the adult multicolored  Asian lady beetle .  They were introduced into California to help control various insect pests.  The "multicolored" refers to the great variation of colors and patterns on the wing covers (elytra).  The key is the pattern of black spots on the white thorax (the "M").

Some other ladybugs are, convergent ladybug, mealybug destroyer, and two-stabbed ladybird.

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