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lady beetle - Hyperaspis

lady beetle - Hyperaspis
Graffiti Rock area, Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, California, USA
September 2, 2013
Hyperaspis dissoluta?

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H. dissoluta is certainly the most likely option
Interestingly, this specimen lacks the complete pale pronotum margin that is generally found in dissoluta and the fimbriolata group.

But back to the ID; certainly any species in the fimbriolata group as well as inflexa could potentially show this elytral pattern. But in those cases the gap between the spots and the marginal stripe is rarely this far.

Assuming that our knowledge on the distribution of the species is accurate, it isn't caseyi or limbalis.

So given that this ID is being made on the photos, the odds that it is dissoluta are very high. If you collected this male someone can dissect the genitalia, which would confirm the ID.

thanks James
I don't have this specimen (and there's still the problem of finding someone to look at it, if I did have it). The number of similar Hyperaspis species is a bit overwhelming!

Any entomologist could look at this
provided they had dissection tools (which any entomologist hoping to identify small insects should have). They could then compare the genitalia to the figures in Gordon 1985 which is available online for free.

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