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What Is That Yellow Ladybird With White Spots?

Updated on February 27, 2017
A yellow ladybird with white spots.
A yellow ladybird with white spots. | Source

If you're an avid gardener and spend many hours in the sunshine, chances are you've grown to know and love at least some of the insects and creepy crawlies in your garden. Some bugs, such as the lady beetle, are well known and loved. However, occasionally you're sure to come across a bug that you just don't recognize. The yellow ladybird with white spots might be one of these. If you've seen one, you've probably been wondering if it's good for your garden and what exactly it is.

Well to cut a long story short: It is a ladybird. Ladybirds also come in browns, oranges and reds, although the red one is the most commonly known. The one pictured is actually called an orange ladybird and come with 16 spots, unlike some other species which come with 12-14 spots. Its Latin name is Halyzia sedecimguttata.

How do you identify this ladybird beetle from other varieties? Well, it's the only one with sixteen spots AND the only one with yellow patches on the forefront of its body.

If you're worried about its diet, don't be. It eats various kinds of fungi so you'll be more likely to see them on mouldy or dying plants, so unless you're growing mushrooms, there's nothing to worry about!


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      Angela K. 6 months ago

      There's one in Gold's Gym over here in central VA. I had to look it up real quick because I've never seen one this way with these colors. Usually it's the red or more recently the orange Asian Ladybirds.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      I've never seen your little bug. There are lots of the orangy ones and a few of the reds. Last couple of years there have been more of the green kind, and I'm told these greenys eat good stuff. I mean like garden plants. Do you know if this is true?