Hippodamia convergens, commonly known as the convergent lady beetle, is a small, oval-shaped beetle with a bright red or orange body and black spots. It has a black head and legs, and its wings are covered with a black and white pattern. It is found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, woodlands, and agricultural fields. The average lifespan of the convergent lady beetle is one to two years. The current population of Hippodamia convergens is stable, although it is threatened by the use of pesticides.
Name Origin: Hippodamia convergens, commonly known as the convergent lady beetle, is a species of lady beetle native to North America. The genus name Hippodamia is derived from the Greek words hippos, meaning "horse," and damalis, meaning "calf." This is in reference to the beetle's black and red coloration, which is said to resemble a horse's coat. The species name convergens is derived from the Latin word convergens, meaning "coming together." This is in reference to the beetle's habit of gathering in large numbers.
Related Species: Adalia bipunctata, Coccinella septempunctata, Coccinella transversoguttata, Coccinella undecimpunctata, Hippodamia parenthesis, Hippodamia variegata