Asian Lady Beetles / Lady Bugs

The multicolored lady beetle looks very similar to other lady beetles but is generally larger, about 1/3-inch long. Its appearance is quite variable, ranging from orange to yellow to red or even black. This beetle typically has 19 black spots on its wing covers. These spots vary from being relatively thick to being no more than faint traces of spots. Some multicolored Asian lady beetles have no spots at all. There may be fewer spots present when they are faint. There is a prominent black 'M' shape behind the head in most specimens. This 'M' can look thick, thin or even broken in appearance.

• From the exteriors of buildings they crawl under siding and roofing and into cracks and gaps in foundations and around windows, doors and other openings.
• They may continue to move into the living areas of homes or they may spend the winter inside the attic or wall voids.
• Mild, sunny winter days can wake these dormant insects.
• They become active and move into the home's living quarters.
• Once spring arrives, the remaining lady beetles wake up and attempt to move outdoors.
• Not all succeed and many are trapped indoors.
• Multicolored Asian lady beetles do not reproduce indoors.