Meet Our Mascot!

lady beetle

We have adopted Coleomegilla maculata ("Colie"),
a common lady beetle found throughout the Midwest,
as our mascot for MBCN.

larva Adults of the twelvespotted lady beetle are about 1/4 inch long and have pink to light red colored wing covers with six black spots on each wing. Both adults and larvae feed on aphids, mites, insect eggs, and small larvae of many insect pests including the European corn borer and alfalfa weevil. Plant pollen and fungal spores are also important components of their diet. Females lay clusters of 10 to 20 yellow eggs on plants. This species has two to three generations per year in the Midwest and overwinters as large groups of adults in litter at the base of trees or along buildings. eggs