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Species Brumus quadripustulatus - Pine Lady Beetle

Pine Ladybird Beetle - Brumus quadripustulatus Coccinellid ? - Brumus quadripustulatus Coccinellid ? - Brumus quadripustulatus Coccinellidae - Brumus quadripustulatus Pine Lady Beetle - Brumus quadripustulatus Brumus quadripustulatus Brumus quadripustulatus Harmonia axyridis? variation 1 - Brumus quadripustulatus
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)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark, Fungus and Lady Beetles)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Subfamily Chilocorinae
Genus Brumus
Species quadripustulatus (Pine Lady Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Exochomus quadripustulatus (Linnaeus 1758) (see Kovar 1995)
Explanation of Names
quadripustulatus - Latin for "four-blistered", referring to the beetle's four red spots.
Size
3.6-4.8 mm(1)
Identification
dark brown to black with two pale (yellow to red) spots on each elytron: the front one is comma-shaped (sometimes rectangular), the rear one oval/round(1); recently emerged adults are orange or reddish without spots
Range
native to, and widespread across, the Palaearctic(2); introduced and established in CA
Habitat
on conifers
Food
Adelgids (woolly aphids) and scale insects, especially on conifers
Remarks
Introduced to control the Wooly Hemlock Aldegid (Adelges tsugae); originally established near San Francisco, CA(1) but now spread (or introduced) far beyond that.
See Also
Exochomus californicus (Range: no. CA to so. WA)
pronotum all black, without anterior margin and angle narrowly yellow; elytron with spot near apex.
Print References
Kovar I. (1995) Revision of the genera Brumus Muls. and Exochomus Redt. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) of Palaearctic Region. Part 1. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 44: 5-124.
Internet References
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.Coleoptera Poloniae