Is it odd for these to be still about this time of year?
Today I found many Ladybird beetles, all of the same species. The color is similar to the Seven-spotted Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, but it does not have any spots on the dorsum.
According to those who know beetles, they are the appropriately-named Sptless Ladybird Beetles, Cycloneda sanguinea.
Thanks for your help with ID!
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, suburb of Glen Innes/Point England/Saint Johns, 231 Apirana Ave
Habitat: Lophostemon confertus. Tree infested with Ctenarytaina longicauda.
Identification: Diomus cf. subclarus (Blackburn, 1895)
The Coccinellidae are a family of small beetles, ranging from 1 to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches). They are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, heads and antennae. Such colour patterns vary greatly, however; for example, a minority of species, such as Vibidia duodecimguttata, a twelve-spotted species, have whitish spots on a brown background. Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species described, more than 450 native...