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Subfamily Coccinellinae

Cream-spotted Lady Beetle in New Brunswick - Calvia quatuordecimguttata Hippodamia 9-09-09 02b - Hippodamia Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis) - Harmonia axyridis Mystery Hatchlings - Harmonia axyridis Lady Beetle - Harmonia axyridis Twenty-Spotted Lady Beetle? - Psyllobora vigintimaculata coccinellid 4 - Propylea quatuordecimpunctata Coccinella novemnotata? - Coccinella novemnotata
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 Coccinellinae
Explanation of Names
Author: Latreille 1807
Numbers
Two tribes with 21 genera in NA(1)
Tribe Coccinellini Latreille, 1807
Genus Paranaemia Casey, 1899
Genus Naemia Mulsant, 1850
Genus Coleomegilla Timberlake, 1920
Genus Ceratomegilla Crotch, 1873
Genus Hippodamia Dejean, 1837
Genus Anisosticta Dejean, 1837
Genus Macronaemia Casey, 1899
Genus Aphidecta Weise, 1899
Genus Adalia Mulsant, 1850
Genus Coccinella Linnaeus, 1758
Genus Cycloneda Crotch, 1871
Genus Harmonia Mulsant, 1850
Genus Anatis Mulsant, 1850
Genus Myzia Mulsant, 1846
Genus Calvia Mulsant, 1850
Genus Propylea Mulsant, 1846
Genus Coelophora Mulsant, 1850
Genus Olla Casey, 1899
Genus Neoharmonia Crotch, 1871
Genus Mulsantina Weise, 1906
Tribe Halyziini Mulsant, 1846
Genus Psyllobora Dejean, 1836
Food
Coccinellini feed on insects and insect eggs, including aphids and other heteropterans, caterpillars, fly larvae, and scale insects. Some species supplement their diet with plant pollen.
Halyziini feed on fungus, such as powdery mildew.
Remarks
This subfamily contains many of the most familiar lady beetles - because they feed on agricultural pests and plant mold, they are a common sight in fields, yards, and gardens.
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.