Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hippodamia Dejean 1837
Hemisphaerica Hope 1840
Adonia Mulsant 1846
18 species in North America (17 native, 1 introduced).
Hippodamia lunatomaculata Motschulsky, 1845
Hippodamia quindecimmaculata Mulsant, 1850
Elongated, oval shape.
Femur visible beyond lateral margin of elytron (that is, part of the upper leg can be seen from above, not concealed under the body).
Color usually red, yellow or brown, usually with black markings; may also be black with red or white markings.
Pronotum black with white markings on outer margin, sometimes with converging white lines.
Cleft tarsal claws are unique to the genus, but can only be seen under magnification.
Larvae: "Alligator-shaped"; gray, brown, or black with orange markings.
Anywhere with aphids. Usually outdoors, but may enter buildings in cold weather.
grizzly scat has been observed in Wyo containing nothing but the undigested remains of 1000s of Hippodamia
Gordon, 1985, especially pp. 706-752.(3)
Acorn, 2007, especially pp. 111-125.(1)