Transverse Lady Beetle is a small, round beetle that can be distinguished from other lady beetles by its colour pattern. Its wing covers are red to orange with black markings: a ‘transverse’ black band across the front and four elongated black spots toward the back. The head is black with two separate pale spots. The plate behind the head is also black with pale markings on either side. Adult length: 5.0 to 7.8 mm (0.20 to 0.31 in).
Lady beetle larvae are common but harder to recognize than adults. They resemble tiny, black, fast-moving crocodiles.
Report Transverse Lady Beetle sightings to WILDLIFEOBS@gov.nt.ca. NWT residents submitting photos to the NWT Species Facebook page have helped scientists to learn about lady beetles in Canada.
There are 32 native lady beetle species in the NWT and one introduced species. Three other native species are expected to be present but not yet confirmed.