What is the difference between an Ant Bag Beetle and a Ladybird?

What is the difference between an Ant Bag Beetle (Clytra laeviuscula) and a Ladybird (Coccinellidae family)?

Both the Ant Bag Beetle and the Ladybird are insects and beetles. The Ladybird is also known as the Ladybird Beetle and the Lady Beetle.

The Ant Bag Beetle has an elongated body and the Ladybird has a rounded body. 

Ant Bag Beetle (left) and Two-Spotted Ladybird (right)

The Ant Bag Beetle has shiny red-orange elytra (wing covers) and the Ladybird can have shiny red or orange or yellow elytra. 

The Ant Bag Beetle has four black spots and the Ladybird can have two black spots and up to multiple black or white spots.

The Ant Bag Beetle has five tarsi (similar to toes) at the ends of its legs, whereas the Ladybird has three tarsi at the ends of its legs.

Both the Ant Bag Beetle and the Ladybird are common across Europe.

Ant Bag Beetle
Orange Ladybird

[Location of photographs: Paris, France]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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