Mariposa Co. CA
Temperature: 20 degrees, sunny, no clouds.
Ladybug. 2 antenna, 6 legs. Red body, black head. 6 blacks spots, symmetrical, 1 more black spot at top where the wings separate. 2 white spots at top of wings, 4 on head also symmetrical on either side of head.
Small ladybeetle was observed when walking round the aperture park pond. The beetle was orange with 2 black spots (One on each wing). The beetle was only a couple millimeters long and had a similar width. The beetle was found in short grass scavenging close to the water.
The Coccinellidae (/ˌkɒksɪˈnɛlɪdaɪ/) are a family of small beetles, ranging from 0.8 to 18 mm (0.0315 to 0.708 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.