Bipunctata in Sunset Park

Two-spotted Ladybug (Adalia bipunctata). Back in 2012, I reported to the Lost Ladybug Project that I found some of these critters in catalpa trees in Brooklyn Bridge Park. From the LLP, I learned that mine was the third New York State record for this species, and the only one in NYC. There was much rejoicing.Yesterday, I found them down the street, in some street tree swamp white oaks (Q. bicolor) on 5th Avenue here in Sunset Park. These trees are still young enough that I can reach into their leaves and branches. The invasive Harmonia axyridis like these same trees.

There is some color variation in the Adalias, as you can see (and the black ones have four spots…). Like many a living insect, these lady beetles are hard to photograph. They also seem to have a loose grip on the leaves; they’ll often fall off if I touch the leaf intending to turn it toward the camera, but luckily they can fly. Not so the larval stage of the species; these gator-like forms have a good grip and steady jaws.

2 Responses to “Bipunctata in Sunset Park”

  1. 1 McMackin, Rebecca (BBP) May 22, 2017 at 9:26 am

    So great Matthew! What other plants were they on? Always catalpa? Any tiny aphids around?

    Rebecca McMackin
    Director of Horticulture
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    • 2 mthew May 22, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Always catalpa in BBP, including the new ones (then new) at Pier 5 & berm. These latest were on swamp white oak. I didn’t see any aphids, but the larvae must be eating something.

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