New York Natural Heritage Program
Nine-spotted Lady Beetle
Coccinella novemnotata Herbst, 1793
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
Coccinella novemnotata is a small, oval-shaped insect that ranges from 4.7 to 7mm as a mature adult. The head is broad with a pale spot between the eyes. Key characteristics for identifying C. novemnotata (also known as C-9) include a large ventral pale trapezoidal spot that extends posteriorly as far as the dorsal spot. The elytra have black spots that get smaller in size and in number until the scutellar spot. Typically, there are a total of nine spots, but the number can vary. Sexes are similar. 

Best Life Stage for Proper Identification [-]
The best life stage for identification is adult.

Diet [-]
The primary diet is soft-bodied insects. Pollen is also eaten.
The Best Time to See
The best time to look for lady beetles is early summer when it isn't too dry. The best places to look include old fields and agricultural land that has not been recently treated with pesticides.
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Present Active
The time of year you would expect to find Nine-spotted Lady Beetle present (blue shading) and active (orange shading) in New York.