Harmonia axyridis is a beetle species commonly known as the Asian lady beetle. It is oval-shaped and typically red or orange in color with black spots. It has a black head and legs and a white "M" or "W" shaped marking on its thorax. It is native to eastern Asia but has been introduced to North America and Europe. It is found in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, grasslands, and agricultural areas. The average lifespan of the species is one to two years. The current population of Harmonia axyridis is estimated to be in the millions.
Name Origin: Harmonia axyridis, commonly known as the harlequin ladybird, was first described by the German entomologist, Johann August Ephraim Goeze, in 1763. The genus name Harmonia is derived from the Greek goddess of harmony and the species name axyridis is derived from the Greek words for 'axes' and 'tail', referring to the distinctive black and white markings on the insect's back.
Related Species: Coccinella septempunctata, Coccinella transversalis, Coccinella magnifica, Coccinella undecimpunctata, Coccinella quinquepunctata