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Species Hyperaspis connectens

Front end of Hyperaspis from pigweed - Hyperaspis connectens Ladybird Beetle - Hyperaspis connectens Hyperaspis connectens Hyperaspis connectens? - Hyperaspis connectens Hyperaspis connectens? - Hyperaspis connectens a very small ladybird beetle - Hyperaspis connectens Hyperaspis connectens (Thunberg) - Hyperaspis connectens Connected Lady - Hyperaspis connectens - male - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Subfamily Scymninae
Tribe Hyperaspidini (Helesius, Hyperaspidius, Hyperaspis, and Thalassa)
Genus Hyperaspis
Species connectens (Hyperaspis connectens)
Other Common Names
"Connected Lady"
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hyperaspis connectens (Thunberg)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella connectens Thunberg 1808
Syn: Hyperaspis lengii Schaeffer, 1905
Explanation of Names
connectens (L). "connecting", no doubt referring to the spots on the elytra.
Size
Length: 2.5-3 mm (1)
Identification
According to Gordon (1) (as discussed here):
Broad yellow areas on the sides of the pronotum (the part between the head and the wings) and a pair of spots on each side of the "shell" (really modified wings called elytra).
The spots are usually- but not always- connected. No other ladybug in our area has connected pairs of spots like this.
Range
across s. US (s. CA to n. FL) Map / south to C. Amer. / W. Indies (1)
Remarks
Type Locality: Esperanza Ranch Brownsville, Cameron Co., Tex, VIII-25 (1)
See Also
Hyperaspis dobzhanskyi Gordon
- Range: s. AZ
Print References
Gordon, R.D. 1985. The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America north of Mexico. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 93(1): [4] + 912 pp. Full Text
Schaeffer, C. 1905. Some additional new genera and species of Coleoptera found within the limit of the United States. Science Bulletin of the Museum of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1(7): 141-179. Full Text
Internet References
Synonymia Insectorum, by Carl Johann Schönherr, v.1, pt.2, p.157 - Thunberg's original description of the species (in Latin)
Works Cited
1.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.