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Taken in during a walk at the Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, AZ using a Canon Powershot SX10IS.
The Convergent lady Beetle, an abundant transcontinental insect, is the one sold at gardening shops. The beetles will disperse upon release, likely benefiting someone else’s yard. In many areas the species estivates, and hibernates by the thousands. The masses from which commercial vendors make their harvest.
This is the lady beetle found in huge concentrations among rocks on mountaintops in the west. Some individuals are devoid of spots. All lady beetles lack spots when freshly emerged from pupa, gradually attaining full pigmentation as the cuticle hardens.