New York Natural Heritage Program
Three-banded Lady Beetle
Coccinella trifasciata Linnaeus, 1758
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
Coccinella trifasciata is a small insect that ranges from 4.0 to 5.0 mm. Males have a pale head with the exception of a black band across the base. Females have a black head with two pale spots. The anterior margin of the pronotum is typically pale with a large ventral pale spot that extends posteriorly as far as the dorsal spot. Elytra have three transverse black bands that are interrupted at the suture (Gordon 1985).

Diet [-]
Three-banded lady beetles primarily eat soft-bodied insects, such as aphids. They are also know to eat pollen.
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 Three-banded Lady Beetle present (blue shading) and active (orange shading) in New York.