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The black and red Signate Lady Beetle is a tremendous predator, devouring bug pests despite its small size.
Like most Lady Beetles, the Signate Lady Beetle eats many nuisance insects such as aphids, mealybugs and scales. These voracious appetites help control pest populations without the use of pesticides.
A part of the Sigil Lady Beetle family, the Signate Lady Beetle is round and domed. Its glossy black wing coverings have a red dot on each one. Some have a smaller, second dot near the rear end. Small tan marks sit on either side of the head. This beetle closely resembles the Twice-stabbed Lady Beetle, but they are not closely related. The Twice-stabbed Lady Beetle has a ridge or lip along the bottom edge of its body; the Signate Lady Beetle does not.
Scientific Name: Hyperaspis signata
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 5mm (0.16in to 0.20in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.