New York Natural Heritage Program
Transverse Lady Beetle
Coccinella transversoguttata Falderman, 1835
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
Coccinella transversoguttata is a slightly oval-shaped insect that ranges from 5-7.8 mm. The elytra are red/orange with black, typically teardrop-shaped, markings. There is a solid black band behind the pronotum and elongated black markings near the end of its body. The pronotum is black with white markings on the side. The head has two white spots. Eggs are yellow and are approximately 1.0 mm. Larvae are elongate and black with several segments. There are orange spots on the dorsal-lateral area of the abdomen. Spines run the length of the body (Graves 2013).

Characters Most Useful for Identification [-]
Characteristics most useful for identifications include the two elongated or teardrop-shaped black markings on elytra.

Best Life Stage for Proper Identification [-]
It is easier to identify adults than other life stages.

Diet [-]
Transverse lady beetles prefer a diet of soft-bodied insects such as aphids and scale.
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 Transverse Lady Beetle present (blue shading) and active (orange shading) in New York.