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Species Hyperaspis bigeminata - Bigeminy Lady Beetle

Hyperaspis bigeminata (Randall) - Hyperaspis bigeminata - female Hyperaspis bigeminata (Randall) - Hyperaspis bigeminata - female lady beetle - Hyperaspis bigeminata Twice Twin-spotted Lady Beetle - Hyperaspis bigeminata - female lady beetle - Hyperaspis bigeminata - female Hyperaspis bigeminata (Randall) - Hyperaspis bigeminata Hyperaspis bigeminata (Randall) - Hyperaspis bigeminata Beetle - Hyperaspis bigeminata
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 Scymninae
Tribe Hyperaspidini (Helesius, Hyperaspidius, Hyperaspis, and Thalassa)
Genus Hyperaspis
Species bigeminata (Bigeminy Lady Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hyperaspis bigeminata (Randall)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella bi-geminata Randall 1838
Explanation of Names
bigeminata (L). 'double twin spotted'... (1)
Numbers
94 spp in genus n. of Mex (2)
Size
2.3-3.4 mm (Majka & Robinson 2009)
Identification
Elytra with a large red or yellow apical spot; a large pale spot occupying entire lateral area of pronotum. (Majka & Robinson 2009)
Range
e. US (TX-FL-ME-MI) - Map (3)
Habitat
Asso. w/ deciduous forests (Majka & Robinson 2009)
Season
Found on cedar elm (Ulmus crassifolia) in c. TX throughout a collecting period of March-August (4)
Food
Predators of various Homoptera (2)
Remarks
One of the most common arboreal coccinellids in Oak-Juniper Woodlands of c. TX (4)
See Also
Brachiacantha quadrillum - markings may be almost identical, but range only overlaps in Texas. Best separated by presence of tibial spur on foreleg of B. quadrillum - no Hyperaspis species has this feature.
Print References
Majka, C.G. & S. Robinson. 2009. Hyperaspis and Brachiacantha (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae): two poorly known genera of native lady beetles in the Maritime Provinces. Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society 5: 3-11.Full Text
Randall, J.W. 1838. Description of New Species of Coleopterous Insects Inhabiting the State of Maine. Boston Society of Natural History, 2(1): 1-33. Full Text
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.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.
3.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.
4.Abundance and distribution of potential arthropod prey species in a typical Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat.
Quinn, M.A. 2000. Unpublished Thesis. Texas A&M University, College Station. ix + 182 pp.