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Species Harmonia quadripunctata - Four-spotted Lady Beetle

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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 Coccinellinae
Genus Harmonia
Species quadripunctata (Four-spotted Lady Beetle)
Other Common Names
Four-spot Ladybird, Cream-streaked Lady Beetle, Cream-streaked Ladybird, Ladybug Harlequin
Explanation of Names
Harmonia quadripunctata (Pontoppidan 1763)
the variety of common names reflects color variation
Size
5.0-8.0 mm(1)
Range
native to Europe, adventive in ne US (RI-NJ)(1)(2)(3)
Habitat
mostly low-altitude conifer forests, primarily on pine; overwinters under fallen bark, sometimes in aggregations(4)
Food
aphids, incl. Pineus pini, Lachnus pinicola(4)
Remarks
earliest record in our area: NJ 1924 (Vandenberg 1990)
Print References
Vandenberg, N.J. 1990. First North American records for Harmonia quadripunctata (Pontopiddian) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); a lady beetle native to the Palaearctic. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 92: 407-410. Full PDF
Works Cited
1.Field guide to recently introduced species of Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) in North America
Robert Gordon and Natalia Vandenberg. 1991. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington.
2.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of the Maritime Provinces of Canada: new records, biogeographic notes, and conservation concerns
Majka C.G., McCorquodale D.B. 2006. Zootaxa 1154: 49–68.
3.Adventive lady beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in the Canadian Maritime Provinces...
Hoebeke E.R., Wheeler A.G. 1996. Entomological News 107: 281-290.
4.Coleoptera Poloniae