Spring is the air for these two charmingly named beetles. Their very angular outline is unlike any other North American lady beetle and their helmet-shape, with a flared “rim,” is reminiscent of a classic 1950’s flying saucer. This genus includes our largest (7-10mm) lady beetles, with four North American species usually found in trees. This species hunts aphids, caterpillars, sawfly larvae, and other soft-bodied insects in pines and other conifers. Outside of Montana, they can be found in British Columbia, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada.
Photo by Nora Van Stelten on 5/15/20 in Superior, MT