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Species Hippodamia glacialis - Glacial Lady Beetle

Large Parenthesis Lady Beetle - Hippodamia glacialis Glacial Lady Beetle - Hippodamia glacialis Hippodamia glacialis Hippodamia glacialis lecontei - Hippodamia glacialis Hippodamia glacialis Hippodamia glacialis glacialis (Fabricius) - Hippodamia glacialis Glacial ladybird - Hippodamia glacialis Hippodamia glacialis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Subfamily Coccinellinae
Genus Hippodamia
Species glacialis (Glacial Lady Beetle)
Explanation of Names
glacialis (L). 'ice' (1)
Numbers
Three subspecies in North America:
Hippodamia glacialis extensa
Size
6 - 8 mm
Identification
Largest Hippodamia species. The nominate (eastern) subspecies is distinctive, with some of the large spots at the rear of the elytra are fused into a single mass. There are also generally two small-to-barely-noticeable spots at the outside front edges of the elytra, but remaining spots are confined to rear end. The Rockies (western) subspecies has markings generally combined in bars or various arrangements that closely resemble H. quinquesignata, and reports suggest the two may not be distinguishable reliably in those cases.
Range
H. g. glacialis: Great Plains to Atlantic, but absent from TX and se US - Map (2)
H. g. lecontei: Rocky Mountains to s. CA - Map (2)
H. g. extensa: San Francisco bay area (2)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.