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Family Coccinellidae - Lady Beetles

 
 
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Everything Ladybug
A constantly growing resource dedicated to all things ladybug. Offering facts, photos, video, crafts, school activities, product ideas and much more!

Life Cycle and Larval Morphology of Diomus terminatus (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae) and Its Potential ...
Short but very informational article on this lady beetle's life cycle and prey. Includes descriptions of all larval instars, dorsal illustrations of first and fourth instars, and illustration of fourth instar head.

Full citation, with entire title:

Akbar, W., C. Carlton, and T. E. Reagan. "Life Cycle and Larval Morphology of Diomus terminatus (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) and Its Potential as a Biological Control Agent of Melanaphis sacchari (Hemiptera: Aphididae)." Annals of the Entomological Society of America 102(1): 96-103 (2009).

Link goes to a PDF file, which can be viewed in the free Adobe Acrobat program.

Lady Beetle Keys - University of Minnesota
Keys to adults, pupae, and larvae of seven common lady beetle species. There are very few resources, in print or online, with larval keys, and I've never seen a pupal key before. Though limited in scope, it can be used to ID the most commonly-encountered species at all life stages.

Species list:
Adalia bipunctata, two-spotted lady beetle
Coleomegilla maculata, (pink) spotted lady beetle
Coccinella septempunctata, seven-spotted lady beetle
Cycloneda munda, polished lady beetle
Harmonia axyridis, multicolored Asian lady beetle
Hippodamia convergens, convergent lady beetle

Thomas M.C. (-2011) A preliminary checklist of the flat bark beetles of the world
[cite:508890]
covers Cucujidae (s.str.), Laemophloeidae, Passandridae, Silvanidae

Rücker W.H. (1998-2014) Latridiidae & Merophysiinae
[cite:463388]
Most helpful, constantly updated source maintained by the world's leading authority; includes keys and excellent illustrations (in German)

Lawrence J.F., et al. (1995-2005) Elateriformia (Coleoptera) larvae: descriptions, illustrations, identification...
[cite:747404]
Full citation: Lawrence J.F., Hastings A.M., Dallwitz M.J., Paine T.A., Zurcher E.J. 1995 onwards. Elateriformia (Coleoptera) larvae: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval for families and subfamilies. Version: 9th October 2005.

Lawrence J.F., et al. (2000-2005) Elateriformia (Coleoptera): descriptions, illustrations, identification...
[cite:506954]
Full citation: Lawrence J.F., Hastings A.M., Dallwitz M.J., Paine T.A., Zurcher E.J. 2000 onwards. Elateriformia (Coleoptera): descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval for families and subfamilies. Version: 9th October 2005

Checklist of Coleoptera Known from Great Smoky Mountains National Park
[cite:899594

GSMNP beetle species count (as of 11 February 2013) is 2,522.

Information contained on the list includes, family, subfamily (in part), genus and species, a comment line, source(s) of the record, and references to publications dealing with GSMNP beetles.

Prepared by:
The Coleoptera Taxonomic Working Group (TWIG) at the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum
Christopher Carlton, TWIG Coordinator

 
 
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