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Coccinellidae Latreille, 1807
LADYBIRD BEETLES
Lady Beetles; Ladybugs; Ladybirds

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Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Crematogaster lineolata, Aphis folsomii, Parthenocissus quinquefolia
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Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Crematogaster lineolata, Aphis folsomii, Parthenocissus quinquefolia

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Chilocorus renipustulatus
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Chilocorus renipustulatus
Chilocorus renipustulatus
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Chilocorus renipustulatus

Psyllobora vigintimaculata
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Psyllobora vigintimaculata
Hippodamia oregonensis
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Hippodamia oregonensis

Coccinella californica, California ladybeetle
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Coccinella californica, California ladybeetle
Harmonia axyridis, Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
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Harmonia axyridis, Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Crematogaster lineolata, Aphis folsomii, Parthenocissus quinquefolia
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Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Crematogaster lineolata, Aphis folsomii, Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Chilocorus bipustulatus Heather Lady Beetle
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Chilocorus bipustulatus Heather Lady Beetle

Chilocorus bipustulatus Heather Lady Beetle
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Chilocorus bipustulatus Heather Lady Beetle
Psyllobora vigintimaculata
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Psyllobora vigintimaculata

Propylea quatuordecimpunctata
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Propylea quatuordecimpunctata
Harmonia axyridis
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Harmonia axyridis

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Mealybug Lady Beetle, larva
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Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Mealybug Lady Beetle, larva
Harmonia axyridis Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
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Harmonia axyridis Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
Kinds
Overview
"Although North America's almost 500 species of Coccinellidae include three species that attack plants and another three which eat fungal spores, most lady beetles are extraordinary consumers of aphids and related soft-bodied insects such as mealybugs. The familiar rotund little red or orange beetles that everyone recognises as lady beetles usually specialize on aphids, and are among the most beneficial of beetles."

Identification
"Members of this family are quite oval and dorsally convex in overall body form. They commonly have a very glossy cuticl e with red, orange or yellow markings, but some may be dull and covered with setae. They have characteristic tarsi that are 4-segmented, but appear 3-segmented. The third tarsomere is small and is obscured by the dilated second tarsomere. The antennae are short and well-clubbed."-- Eddie Dunbar, Berkeley

Names
Lady Beetles
Ladybugs

Phylogeny
Superfamily -- Cucujoidea

Subfamiles

  • Chilocorinae: Chilocoris
  • Coccinellinae: Adalia, Anatis, Anisosticta, Calvia, Coccinella, Coleomagilla, Cycloneda, Harmonia, Hippodamia, Mulsantia, Neoharmonia, Propylea, Psyllobora
  • Epilachninae: Epilachna
  • Scymninae: Brachiacantha Cryptolaemus Hyperaspis

Geographic distribution
Coccinella species usually fit the popular image of "typical" lady beetles - rounded, convex, reddish orange beetles with black markings. We have about half a dozen species in the province, but our only currently common Coccinella is the introduced species C. septempunctata."

"Ontario has two large (7-10mm), distinctive species in the genus Anatis."


Natural history
Most larvae and adults are predators of small insects such as aphids.

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References
  • Seeno, T. and J.A. Wilcox. 1982. Leaf Beetle Genera (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Entomography 1:1-221.
  • Gordon, Robert D. 1985. The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 93: 1-912.

Acknowledgements
  • Steve Marshall, Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario

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