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Species Exochomus childreni

Exochomus - Exochomus childreni Ladybird beetle - Exochomus childreni Exochomus childreni guexi LeConte - Exochomus childreni Exochomus childreni Mulsant - Exochomus childreni Exochomus childreni guexi LeConte  - Exochomus childreni Exochomus childreni childreni - Exochomus childreni Exochomus childreni childreni - Exochomus childreni Exochomus childreni childreni - Exochomus childreni
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 Exochomus
Species childreni (Exochomus childreni)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1850 by Étienne Mulsant as Exochomus childreni
Syn: Exochomus guexi LeConte, 1852
May eventually be determined to be synonymous with E. marginipennis
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of John George Children, "l'un des membres les plus distingués de la Société entomologique de Londres" ("one of the most distinguished members of the Entomological Society of London")
Size
2.8 – 3.6 mm
Identification
Form rounded, slightly oval, strongly convex.
Head and pronotum black (E. c. childreni, both sexes, and E. c. guexi, most females), or pronotum black with pale margin (E. c. guexi, males and some females).
Legs black (E. c. childreni, both sexes, and E. c. guexi, females) or yellow (E. c. guexi, males)
Elytra yellowish orange to red with black markings, as follows:
- Large spot on each elytron at rear of body (apical)
- Some with additional small black apical spot spanning suture
- Some with additional large black spot on each elytron from middle forward, not attaining base, with somewhat straight edge running forward at 45deg away from suture middle
- Spots may or may not all be connected by narrow black bands, creating "circle of spots"
Range
Florida, and along Gulf coast to south central Texas
Food
Aphids and scale insects.
Remarks
Note: (Some) Information for this page provided by BugGuide contributor Tim R. Moyer.
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.
LeConte, J.L. 1852. Remarks upon the Coccinellidae of the United States. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philedelphia 6: 129-145.
Mulsant, E. 1850. Species des coléoptères triméres sécuripalpes. Annales des Sciences Physiques et Naturelles de Lyon 2: 1-1104. PDF (in French)
Internet References
TYPE - MCZC, Harvard