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Species Coelophora inaequalis - Variable Lady Beetle

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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 Coelophora
Species inaequalis (Variable Lady Beetle)
Other Common Names
Common Australian Ladybird (bit of a misnomer; only common in a certain part of Australia, and one of hundreds of species there!)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coelophora inaequalis (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella inaequalis Fabricius 1775
1 Nearctic sp. (adventive)
FL (BRO, DAD, HEN, SAR, TAY counties)(2) / Puerto Rico; native to Old World Tropics, including Africa, Asia and Australia (3)
year round in FL (BG data)
Introduced to Florida from Hawaii via Puerto Rico to control the yellow sugarcane aphid - Sipha flava (Forbes). (2)
Internet References
CSIRO - 2004
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. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
3.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.