Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hyperaspis connectens (Thunberg)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella connectens Thunberg
Syn: Hyperaspis lengii Schaeffer, 1905
Explanation of Names
connectens (L). "connecting", no doubt referring to the spots on the elytra.
According to Gordon (1)
(as discussed here
Broad yellow areas on the sides of the pronotum (the part between the head and the wings) and a pair of spots on each side of the elytra.
The spots are usually- but not always- connected. No other ladybug in our area has connected pairs of spots like this.
across s. US (s. CA to n. FL) Map
/ south to C. Amer. / W. Indies (1)
Type Locality: Esperanza Ranch Brownsville, Cameron Co., Tex, VIII-25 (1)
Hyperaspis dobzhanskyi Gordon
- Range: se. AZ
Both H. rotunda
and H. dobzhanskyi
are convex species with deeply excavated epipleurae; H. connecters
is not convex and without deeply excavated epipleurae. (1)
Gordon, R.D. 1985. The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America north of Mexico. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 93(1):  + 912 pp. Full Text
Schaeffer, C. 1905. Some additional new genera and species of Coleoptera found within the limit of the United States. Science Bulletin of the Museum of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1(7): 141-179. Full Text