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  • Ashy Gray Lady Beetle - (Olla v-nigrum)

    Ashy Gray Lady Beetle - (Olla v-nigrum)

    Placed next to each other, the varieties of Ashy Gray Lady Beetles would have one believe they are looking at different species.

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    Staff Writer (8/3/2017): The Ashy Gray Lady Beetle has two color variations in adults. The grayish-white version has large two large black blotches and many small ones on its elytra (wing covering). It is in stark contrast from the black version that has two large red spots on its elytra and small white coloring on its pronotum ('shoulders') and head. Like all Lady Beetles, larvae are completely different in shape and appearance. The long, black tubular bodies of larvae are covered in spiky ridges. They almost resemble mini-alligators. This species has a series of yellow dots and dashes that look like a yellow sword on its back with the blade pointing at the abdomen and two hilts near the head.

    Females lay fertilized eggs under leaves. Newly hatched larvae eat other small insects like aphids. They pupate and continue to prey on insects as adults. This species is beneficial to gardens as their diet removes plant-harming bugs at all life stages. Adults overwinter in groups in or around buildings for warmth and can live up to two years. The range of the Ashy Gray Lady Beetle goes far into South America, but stops at the southern edge of Canada.

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    Ashy Gray Lady Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Ashy Gray Lady Beetle
    Scientific Name: Olla v-nigrum
    Other Names: Ashy Grey Lady Beetle, Ash Gray Lady Beetle

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Coccinellidae
           Genus: Olla
            Species: v-nigrum

    Size (Adult, Length): 3mm to 6mm (0.12in to 0.24in)

    Identifying Colors: white, gray, black, red, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: spots, dots, signate, stabbed, round, dome, helmet, spiky, bumpy, alligator, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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