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Polished Lady Beetle - Cycloneda munda

Polished Lady Beetle - Cycloneda munda
Kenner, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
May 13, 2008
I have became very familiar with Spotless Ladybird Beetle (Cycloneda sanguinea). They are a lot easier to distinguish from both C. munda and C. polita because they have the "white dot". Unfortunately, I am still having trouble with the differences between C. munda and C. polita. Please tell me it isn't simply the region that any Cycloneda is found. If it is a color difference then this, I think, would be C. munda.

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C. munda
C. polita should be confined to well north and west of Louisiana. In addition C. polita tend to be a "rich" red color, where as C. munda trend more toward a "faded" orange/red, as seen well in your example. BugGuide images on a whole current show this color difference well.

 
Thanks Tim
Thanks for confirming this.

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