~5mm length. ID by Abigail M. Parker @ BugGuide.
~5mm length. Seen on Rhamnus californica in our yard. ID confirmed by Ron Hemberger & v belov @ BugGuide.
These observations were part of an aphid and bacterial symbionts survey. I collected aphids and took pictures of the plants and other insects in this fascinating ecosystem. Any help with identification would be appreciated.
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...