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Species Hyperaspis oculaticauda - Eye-tailed Lady Beetle

Coccinellid - Hyperaspis? - Hyperaspis oculaticauda
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 Scymninae
Tribe Hyperaspidini (Helesius, Hyperaspidius, Hyperaspis, and Thalassa)
Genus Hyperaspis (Sigil Lady Beetles)
Species oculaticauda (Eye-tailed Lady Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Hyperaspis oculaticauda Casey, 1899
oculaticauda - Latin for "eyed" + "tail" - referring to the two spots on the lower rear end of the elytra (wing covers).
Size
Length 1.80 to 2.40 mm (1)
Identification
Gordon's figures - a minature edition of H. postica, having the same dorsal color pattern but is much smaller than H. postica, the maximum observed length of H. oculaticauda being 2.40 mm, the minimum observed length of H. postica being 2.30 mm. (1)
Range
s. OR to c. CA - Map (1)
See Also
- Range: primarily: CA-BC
Hyperaspis postica LeConte
Length 2.30 to 3.10 mm (1)
Print References
Casey, T.L. 1899. A revision of the American Coccinellidae. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 7: 71-169. (p.127)
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.