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 Coccinellidae  - Hyperaspis lateralis - male

Coccinellidae - Hyperaspis lateralis - Male
North of Silvercity, Grant County, New Mexico, USA
August 3, 2009
Size: 3.8 mm
There were others without white faces: sexual dimorphism?

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Agreed: Hyperaspis lateralis, Lateral Lady Beetle
This is a new species for BugGuide! A beautiful individual for the first image, too.

I followed Gordon's key(1) to the same conclusion: the size/shape of the subhumeral spot and the narrow lateral markings on the pronotum are diagnostic and not shared with any other species.

This beetle is a male, because it has a lateral white border on the pronotum - females only have the anterior white border. The markings on the head vary between individuals, but it's not gender-related.

two red spots or 4?
two red spots or 4? white on the pronotum? I don't have privilages so I can't blow the image up to see...

 
I would think Hyperaspis. My
I would think Hyperaspis. My best non-pro guess would be Hyperaspis lateralis . Gordon's mapping Here

And Description "Length 2.50 to 3.80 mm, width 2.10 to 3.0 mm. Form oval, convex. Pronotum of male with anterior margin and narrow lateral area yellow; pronotum of female entirely black. Color pattern of elytron variable (Fig. 365 d-h), but usually with an extended subhumeral spot as in Figure 365 e. Postcoxal line not reaching hind margin of first abdominal sternum, evenly curved, area within line polished, sparsely, finely punctured....Most examples of this species can be recognized because the broad subhumeral spot on the elytron extends from the base to approximately 2/5 the length of the elytron. Those specimens not having this type of spot are difficult to identify without examining the male genitalia.

but not an ID just my thoughts...

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