Identifying Native Ladybugs
Here at NaturesGoodGuys you can purchase the USA native convergent lady beetle, Hippodamia convergens. Let's take a look at how to tell the difference between our ladybugs and another commonly found species, the seven spotted lady beetle, Coccinella septempunctata.
Originally from Europe and Asia, this species is now widespread in North America and beyond. Though they do feed on aphids and scale and might be considered a friend to the gardener, the seven-spotted lady beetle is considered invasive. You can identify them by their typical 7 spots, (though it can actually range from 0-9), and two white spots above a central black spot at the top of the wings. Typically there are 2 white spots just behind the head on either side as well.
Our convergent lady beetle, Hippodamia convergens, can range in color from bright red to orange with 0-12 black spots. The easiest way to identify them is the converging white lines behind the head, which give these little garden soldiers their name!