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Species Hyperaspidius venustulus

Hyperaspidius venustulus (Mulsant) - Hyperaspidius venustulus Hyperaspidius venustulus (Mulsant) - Hyperaspidius venustulus
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 Hyperaspidius
Species venustulus (Hyperaspidius venustulus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hyperaspidius venustulus (Mulsant)
Orig. Comb: Hyperaspis venustula Mulsant 1850
Length 2.8 mm, width 1.85 mm (1)
Gordon's Figure - Pronotum yellowish red, elytron black with 4 yellow spots. (1)
South Carolina to southern Florida. (2)
Long series of adults (43) coll'ed from grasses, mainly big cordgrass Spartina cynosuroides (Poaceae), in or near brackish marshes and along tidal waterways. (2)
Life Cycle
Associated with the Mealybug Dysmicoccus dennoi Kosztarab on Big Cordgrass, Spartina cynosuroides (Poaceae) (2)
considered to be rare (1)(2)(comment by Michael C. Thomas, 2008)
See Also
- Range more n. and w.
Hyperaspis lugubris (Randall)
Print References
Gordon, R.D. 1974. New synonymy and lectotype designations in North American Coccinellidae (Coleoptera). Coleopterists Bull. 28: 209-210.
Mulsant, M.E. 1850. Species de Coleopteres trimeres securipalpes. Annales des Sciencies Physiques et Naturelles 2: 1-1104. (p. 671)
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.
2.Hyperaspidius venustulus (Mulsant) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae): a rarely collected lady beetle associated with the mealybug.
Wheeler Jr., A.G. 2010. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 112(1): 149-154.