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Ashy Gray Lady Beetle (Olla v-nigrum)

Ash gray lady beetle of the Coccinellidae or lady beetles family is indigenous to North America, Central America, and Oceania. The beetle’s ash coloration gives it its name.

Ashy Gray Lady Beetle

Scientific Classification

Physical Description and Identification

Adult

Size: 2.5 – 3.1 mm (0.09 – 0.12 inches)

Color: The standard color of this beetle is its grayish-white body, with black blotches all over. Some beetle species also appear black with two big red spots on each side of their elytra and white patches on the head and pronotum.

Other Characteristic Features: They have a bumpy and spiky appearance.

Olla v-nigrum

Larva

The larva is black with a long and tubular appearance. They even have spikes on their back with yellow dashes and dots resembling a sword.

Ashy Gray Lady Beetle Larva

Pupa

The pupa remains encased inside the cocoon fixed to the undersides of the leaves for approximately a week. Then, they mature into adult beetles.

Ashy Gray Lady Beetle Pupa

Egg

The eggs are yellow, mostly laid under leaves.

Quick Facts

Adult lifespanAbout 2 years
Duration of larval stageApproximately 8 days
DistributionNorth America, Central America, parts of Oceania
HabitatForests, near grasslands, river beds, and even cities
Common PredatorsBirds, bats
Seasons active fromNot recorded
Diet of larvae and adultsSmall bugs and other insects as well as pests

Did You Know

  • Since they overwinter in buildings, their encounter with humans is quite common. These beetles do bite if disturbed but are harmless.
Ashy Gray Lady Beetle Picture

Image Source: bugguide.net, discoverlife.org, live.staticflickr.com,

Ash gray lady beetle of the Coccinellidae or lady beetles family is indigenous to North America, Central America, and Oceania. The beetle’s ash coloration gives it its name.

Ashy Gray Lady Beetle

Physical Description and Identification

Adult

Size: 2.5 – 3.1 mm (0.09 – 0.12 inches)

Color: The standard color of this beetle is its grayish-white body, with black blotches all over. Some beetle species also appear black with two big red spots on each side of their elytra and white patches on the head and pronotum.

Other Characteristic Features: They have a bumpy and spiky appearance.

Olla v-nigrum

Larva

The larva is black with a long and tubular appearance. They even have spikes on their back with yellow dashes and dots resembling a sword.

Ashy Gray Lady Beetle Larva

Pupa

The pupa remains encased inside the cocoon fixed to the undersides of the leaves for approximately a week. Then, they mature into adult beetles.

Ashy Gray Lady Beetle Pupa

Egg

The eggs are yellow, mostly laid under leaves.

Quick Facts

Adult lifespanAbout 2 years
Duration of larval stageApproximately 8 days
DistributionNorth America, Central America, parts of Oceania
HabitatForests, near grasslands, river beds, and even cities
Common PredatorsBirds, bats
Seasons active fromNot recorded
Diet of larvae and adultsSmall bugs and other insects as well as pests

Did You Know

  • Since they overwinter in buildings, their encounter with humans is quite common. These beetles do bite if disturbed but are harmless.
Ashy Gray Lady Beetle Picture

Image Source: bugguide.net, discoverlife.org, live.staticflickr.com,

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