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Species Coccinella alta - High-country Lady Beetle

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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
Genus Coccinella
No Taxon (narrow black elytral suture)
Species alta (High-country Lady Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Coccinella alta Brown, 1962
Length 4.8 to 5.3 mm (1)

one of five PARATYPE spmns from Alta, UT in the USNM, Smithsonian
scattered w. NA locality data: c. CA, n. UT, c. CO, sw AB - Map (1)(BG data)
three spmns known from AB, including the first and only larva known to science (2)
High altitude in mountains.
Type Locality: Alta, Salt Late Co., Utah
See Also
Mountain Lady Beetle - Coccinella monticola - lacks dark suture.
Print References
Brown, W.J. 1962. A revision of the forms of Coccinella L., occurring in America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Canadian Entomol. 94: 785-808.
Works Cited
1.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.
2.Ladybugs of Alberta
John Acorn. 2007. University of Alberta Press, 169 pages.