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Species Mulsantina picta - Painted Lady Beetle

Painted Lady Beetle - Mulsantina picta White Lady Bug - Mulsantina picta Mulsantina? - Mulsantina picta Mulsantina picta (Randall) - Mulsantina picta painted lady beetle - Mulsantina picta Mulsantina picta? - Mulsantina picta Lady Beetle - Mulsantina picta and at least five species of ladybeetles - Mulsantina picta
Classification
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 Mulsantina
Species picta (Painted Lady Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mulsantina picta (Randall)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella picta Randall, 1838
Size
Length 3.3 to 5.3 mm,
width 2.2 to 4.0 mm (1)
Identification

"The elytral color pattern is extremely variable, but the pronotal markings are quite constant and afford an easy means of recognition." (1)
Venter (underside) distinctive:

"When the underside is examined, the yellow markings of metasternum, metepisterna, and the pronotal venter are only found in this species." (Donald S. Chandler, comment)
Range
mostly in or near boreal forests of w. N. Amer. with scattered ne US records - Map (2)(3)
Gordon's historical Map is out of date (1)
Habitat
in or near boreal forests (2)
Remarks
Type locality: Chelsea Beach, Massachusetts (1)
Print References
Chapin, J.B. 1985. Revision of the genus Mulsantina Weise (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 78(3): 348-368. (3)
Randall, J. 1838. Descriptions of new species of coleopterous insects inhabiting the State of Massachusetts. Boston Jour. Nat. Hist. 2: 34-52.
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.The Lost Ladybug Project (LLP)
3.Revision of the genus Mulsantina Weise (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).
Chapin, J.B. 1985. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 78(3): 348-368.