Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Harmonia axyridis (Pallas, 1773)Non-native  Synonyms: Asian Lady Beetle, Halloween Lady Beetle, Harlequin Ladybird, Japanese Ladybug.

Status:

Introduced from eastern Asia to control aphids and other agricultural pests and now abundant in our region. Our most frequently encountered ladybug. Often hibernates in homes and other buildings.

Description:

Extremely variable in appearance. Color ranges from orange to red. May have many to no spots. Note very squared "shoulders" of elytra.

Relationships:

Preys on aphids, mites, and scale insects. This non-native species' abundance is certainly impacting native ladybugs numbers and diversity.

There are 205 records in the project database.

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A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/12/2014). Photo by Mike Burchett. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Baltimore City, Maryland (5/3/2006). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/26/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Howard Co., Maryland (4/26/2014). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/30/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/14/2014). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

Spotless form of Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Pasadena, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/7/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Worcester Co., Maryland (3/28/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/7/2015). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles in Washington Co., Maryland (10/25/2014). Photo by Wendy R. Fredericks. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/5/2014). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/27/2017). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/26/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (8/15/2015). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/1/2014). The yellow fuzz on the back of the insect is a parasitic Laboulbeniales fungus. Photo by Jesse Christopherson. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/8/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/28/2013). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A female Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle laying eggs in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/25/2014). Photo by Jesse Christopherson. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle on Assateague Island in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/18/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle larvae found by students at Jemicy School in Baltimore Co., Maryland (10/16/2013). Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle larva in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/28/2015). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle larva in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/23/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle pupa in Frederick Co., Maryland (5/17/2017). Verified by Ken Wolgemuth/BugGuide. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle larva cannibalizing a pupa in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/8/2014). Photo by Brandon Woo. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle larva cannibalizing another in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/25/2014). Photo by Jesse Christopherson. (MBP list)

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle eggs hatching in Woodbridge, Virginia (1/1/2000). Photo by Judy Gallagher. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle pupa in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/2/2017). Photo by Bonnie Bell. (MBP list)

A Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle in Cecil Co., Maryland (8/25/2014). Photo by Shannon Schade. (MBP list)


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