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Small Beetles - Scymnus - male - female

Small Beetles - Scymnus - Male Female
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
March 21, 2008
Appx size of a Varied Carpet Beetle. I think it is either:
1)Scymnus here http://bugguide.net/node/view/51498/bgimage
2)Diomus terminatus here http://bugguide.net/node/view/46024
3)Mealybug Destroyer herehttp://bugguide.net/node/view/7910

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Small Beetles - Scymnus - male - female Small Beetles - Scymnus - male - female

Scymnus.
I would vote for Scymnus, but I am by no means an expert on this family. Your other image also shows a lacewing larva prowling about:-)

 
Thanks Eric!
Moved - and...
I went out to take this picture just for the weed ID and was going to add it to the Aphid images. When I got there I found the mating beetles. I had seen these beetles before but had not been able to get a good shot. I didn't notice the lacewing larva until I came back in and saw it on the computer. Then I ran back out to get pictures of it.