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Species Hyperaspis inflexa - Curved Lady Beetle

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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
Species inflexa (Curved Lady Beetle)
Other Common Names
Curved Ladybug (1)
Explanation of Names
Hyperaspis inflexa Casey 1899
inflexa - Latin for "bent, curved" (2)
94 spp. n. of Mex. (3)
Length 1.8 to 2.9 mm (4)
Gordon's figures - Because of the variable color pattern of the elytron, wide distribution, and the close morphological similarity in other respects of H. inflexa to H. sanctaeritae (SEAZ) and H. caseyi (AZ-TX-CO-UT) it is imperative that male genitalia be examined in order to identify the species. (4)
Scattered locations across N. Amer. - Map (4), common in Alberta (1)
Life Cycle
Recorded in c. TX on Juniperus ashei throughout the collection period of late Feb. to early Aug. (5)
Type locality: Bismarck, North Dakota (4)
Print References
Casey, T.L. 1899. A revision of the American Coccinellidae. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 7(2): 71-169. (p.126)
Internet References
Type Info - Smithsonian
Works Cited
1.Ladybugs of Alberta
John Acorn. 2007. University of Alberta Press, 169 pages.
2.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
3.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
4.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.
5.Abundance and distribution of potential arthropod prey species in a typical Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat.
Quinn, M.A. 2000. Unpublished Thesis. Texas A&M University, College Station. ix + 182 pp.