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Species Clitostethus arcuatus

Psyllobora with C-pattern - Clitostethus arcuatus Psyllobora with C-pattern - Clitostethus arcuatus
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 Scymnini (Dusky Lady Beetles)
Genus Clitostethus
Species arcuatus (Clitostethus arcuatus)
Explanation of Names
Clitostethus arcuatus (Rossi 1794)
arcuatus refers to the arc-shaped marking on the back
Size
1.2-1.5 mm
Range
native to the Mediterranean/so. Europe & Middle East, introduced in CA (established in several locations) and other regions around the world for pest control purposes
Food
preys on whiteflies
Remarks
important predator of the ash whitefly (Siphoninus phillyreae)
beetles released in CA (1989) were imported from Israel (Bellows et al. 1992)
See Also
Genus Psyllobora is never hairy.
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