Monday, June 19, 2017 Ladybug

Seward, Alaska

While checking out a small pile of 1x4s, probably destined for a beach fire, I discovered a striking red ladybug with four black spots. She/he wanted nothing to do with me and scurried off as fast as her six little legs could carry her. By manipulating the wood, I was able to get a couple photos.

Thanks to Google, I learned that this species is native to North America with populations in western Canada, western U.S. and into Mexico. The article did not mention Alaska. It feeds primarily on aphids (yay!)

I imagine birds do not eat it, thanks to the warning red coloration. I don’t remember ever seeing a ladybug in Seward, so this was really interesting.


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