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Species Brachiacantha quadripunctata

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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 Scymninae
Genus Brachiacantha (Spurleg Lady Beetles)
Species quadripunctata (Brachiacantha quadripunctata)
Explanation of Names
Brachiacantha quadripunctata Melsheimer, 1847
quadripunctata (L). "four-pointed", referring to the 4 elytral spots
Two subspecies:
Brachiacantha quadripunctata quadripunctata
Brachiacantha quadripunctata flavifrons
Both subspecies:
Black elytra (wing covers) with red spots at base, almost touching pronotum, and rear.
Males with additional humeral spots (on the side, near the front), which may join the basal spots to form a large red patch.
Female with black head and pronotum; male with white head and black pronotum with white border.
B. quadripunctata flavifrons:
Both sexes usually with additional marginal spot (on the side at midpoint of body)(1)
e. US - Map (1)
B. quadripunctata quadripunctata: Massachusetts and New York to Virginia and Tennessee, west to Iowa and Kansas.
B. quadripunctata flavifrons: North Carolina to Florida, west to Alabama.
Ranges do not overlap.
Internet References
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.