Convergent ladybirds

Convergent ladybirds

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Credit: C.K. LORENZ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ladybird colony. The convergent ladybird (Hippodamia convergens) is the best known and most common American ladybird. The characteristic pattern of black spots on a ladybird's red (or yellow) wing covers warn potential predators that the ladybird is inedible. This carnivorous insect feeds on crop- destroying insects such as aphids. If aphids are scarce, it may eat small insect larvae, insect eggs and mites. Ladybirds were given their name by farmers in the Middle Ages, who thought these insects were sent from Heaven and were therefore 'Beetles of the Blessed Lady.' Photographed in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

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