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Beetle and pupa - Chilocorus circumdatus

Beetle and pupa - Chilocorus circumdatus
Apopka, Orange County, Florida, USA
June 13, 2008
**Notice the small insects on the back. The plant was covered with scale. Could the be attacking it?**

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hitchhiking mites
Hope you don't mind that I cropped this image for a better view of the beetle and its passengers. Chilocorus are often hosts to mites, and C. circumdatus is especially prone to them. (I had a reference and can't find it at the moment...)

Chilocorus sp
...i guess. and yes, it does feed on scales

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