This unique species of lady beetle has a descriptive, but gruesome, common name. Being all black in color, except for two red dots in the center of each wing cover (elytra), they certainly look like they’ve been “twice-stabbed”. While many ladybugs feed on aphids, the twice-stabbed focuses on scale insects and is an effective predator of pine needle scale insects. They are found throughout the US, except west of the Sierra Nevada.
Photo by Karen Weaver on 4/17/20 in Missoula, MT