Coccinella novemnotata

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Coccinella novemnotata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Coccinella
Species: C. novemnotata
Binomial name
Coccinella novemnotata
Herbst, 1793

Coccinella novemnotata, the nine-spotted ladybug or nine-spotted lady beetle, is a species of ladybug native to North America.

The nine-spotted ladybug has been the state insect of New York since 1989,[1] though its numbers have declined as the numbers of introduced species such as the seven-spotted ladybug and Asian lady beetle have increased. It was for some time thought extinct in New York,[2] so in 2006, the state considered designating the pink spotted ladybug as state insect instead, but the bill did not pass the Senate. In 2006 the nine-spotted ladybug was rediscovered in Virginia (the first East Coast sighting in 14 years).[3] In 2011, about 20 of these ladybugs were found on a farm in Amagansett, NY, the first such sighting in New York since 1982.[4]

Identification[edit]

The nine-spotted ladybug can be identified by the presence of four black spots on each of its elytra, a single spot split between the elytra, and a black suture between the elytra. Its pronotum is black, with two connected white marks at the front of its .7x.83 head.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Symbols of New York State", New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Retrieved 2008-03-30
  2. ^ A Few Things Lawmakers Can Agree On, New York Times, 23 June 2006.
  3. ^ Ramanujan, Krishna. "New York's state insect, the nine-spotted lady beetle, rediscovered in eastern U.S. after 14 elusive years", Cornell Chronicle, 17 April 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  4. ^ Ladybug, Ladybug, Welcome Back Home: Good News for the Official State Insect, New York Times, 24 November 2011