Four-Spotted Lady Beetle

Brachiacantha quadripunctata

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Four-spotted lady beetle on a leaf
Not all Missouri lady beetles are red with black spots. This species, the four-spotted lady beetle (Brachiacantha quadripunctata), reverses the pattern.
Donna Brunet
Other Common Name
Four-Spotted Ladybug
Family

Coccinellidae (ladybird beetles) in the order Coleoptera (beetles)

Description

Not all Missouri lady beetles are red with black spots. The four-spotted lady beetle reverses the pattern. This is one of our native species.

Interestingly, a subspecies that occurs southeast of Missouri has yellow spots instead of red.

Learn more about this and other lady beetles (ladybugs) on their group page.