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Species Hyperaspis undulata - Undulate Lady Beetle

Tiny Ladybeetle? - Hyperaspis undulata Coccinellidae, lateral - Hyperaspis undulata Hyperaspis undulata (Say) - Hyperaspis undulata Coccinellidae, lateral - Hyperaspis undulata Undulate Lady Beetle, dorsal - Hyperaspis undulata - male Coccinellidae, lateral - Hyperaspis undulata Lady Beetle - Hyperaspis undulata Mystery Beetle - Hyperaspis undulata
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 Scymninae
Tribe Hyperaspidini (Helesius, Hyperaspidius, Hyperaspis, and Thalassa)
Genus Hyperaspis (Sigil Lady Beetles)
Species undulata (Undulate Lady Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hyperaspis undulata (Say)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella undulata Say, 1824
Explanation of Names
undulata (L). "waved", referring to the wavy ("undulate") lines.
Length 1.80 to 2.75 mm (1)
Gordon's figures - Form elongate, oval, moderately convex. Elytron black with complete, irregular, lateral villa, or with vitta broken to form apical spot. (1)
northern half US and s. Can. - Map (1), but also OK & LA (2)(3)(BG data)
Apr-July (BG data)
Type locality: "Missouri" (1)
See Also
H. octavia Casey
- Range: known from 4 spmns from three locations: Miss. (2)Mich. and Queb.
With the exception of H. octavia, H. undulata is readily recognized by the dorsal color pattern over most of the area in which it occurs.
There is no good external character that will distinguish H. undulata from H. octavia, but H. octavia is usually larger, the body form less elongate, and the surface of the pronotum less strongly alutaceous (leathery) than in H. undulata. (1)
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.List of Coleoptera Collected in Latimer County, Oklahoma by Karl Stephan (2002)
3.The Coccinellidae of Louisiana (Insecta: Coleoptera).
Chapin, J.B. 1974. Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 682: 2-87.