A late spring day in May, at 8000 feet elevation in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico, I encountered this fresh hatch of ladybugs on a clump of grass. I have never seen anything like it since. The ladybug is called a ladybird in English speaking parts of the world outside the USA. Entomologists prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not classified as true bugs.
February 28th, 2021
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