Coccinellidae (ladybird beetles) in the order Coleoptera (beetles)
One of our many native lady beetles, the convergent lady beetle is named for two short white lines on the black pronotum (shoulderlike section behind the head) that converge toward each other. The number of spots ranges from just a few to up to 13, but the two short white lines on the pronotum are always present.
Learn more about this and other lady beetles (ladybugs) on their group page.
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About Land Invertebrates in Missouri
Invertebrates are animals without backbones, including earthworms, slugs, snails, and arthropods. Arthropods—invertebrates with “jointed legs” — are a group of invertebrates that includes crayfish, shrimp, millipedes, centipedes, mites, spiders, and insects. There may be as many as 10 million species of insects alive on earth today, and they probably constitute more than 90 percent all animal species.