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Lady beetle on cactus with cochineal - Hyperaspis trifurcata

Lady beetle on cactus with cochineal - Hyperaspis trifurcata
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
December 14, 2009

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Lady beetle on cactus with cochineal - Hyperaspis trifurcata Lady beetle on cactus with cochineal - Hyperaspis trifurcata

Ron how frequently do you find these?
This has become a bit of a "bogey" species for me. I've been checking cochineal stands for nearly 5 years now over Los Angeles and Orange County. There's clearly something I'm missing about the species ecology but right now I don't know what.

 
I'm pretty much inactive now.
I remember these as being very small - tough to find and hard to shoot.
You may find this interesting:

 
Small!
I've been finding all sorts of 1-2mm beetles on cactus. If these guys are truly 3mm, I think I'd spot them :)

Thanks Ron. Sorry to hear you are inactive.

 
You might find this interesting. Forgot I'd done it...

 
I may have to visit Fullerton Arboretum
I'm convinced.

 
Good hunting!
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