Heather Lady

Do you see it?
A small lady beetle. Chilocorus bipustulatus: Bugguide goes with “Heather Lady Bug”; iNaturalist with “Heather Ladybird,” its English name. Glossy enough to see my silhouette in its elytra.
This species is native to western Eurasia. According to Bugguide, it’s been introduced around the world to combat scale insects. These beetles are now naturalized in the San Joaquin Valley. iNaturalist shows pockets of them around New York, the Bay Area, and Vancouver: great port cities all. First time I’ve seen one. Mine is the third Brooklyn record in iNaturalist.
On a hemlock.
Something is crawling around on the creature. Mites, scales?

Bugguide notes that they don’t survive cold winters. So we should expect to see more of them?

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