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Species Coccinella monticola - Mountain Lady Beetle

Tamarack Lady Beetle, diagonal view - Coccinella monticola Coccinella monticola unknown lady beetle - Coccinella monticola Coccinella monticola Black-spotted Lady Bug - Coccinella monticola lady beetle - Coccinella monticola Coccinella alta - Coccinella monticola Coccinella monticola - Mountain Lady Beetle - Coccinella monticola
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 Coccinellinae
Genus Coccinella
No Taxon (pale elytral suture)
Species monticola (Mountain Lady Beetle)
Other Common Names
Tamarack Ladybug (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coccinella monticola Mulsant 1850
Explanation of Names
monticola (L). "mountain-dweller".
Per Mulsant, the type specimen was from the Rocky Mountains
Length 5.2 to 7.0 mm. (2)
Gordon's figures (2) (nearly all ~30 spmns in the TAMUIC more closely resemble fig. f. vs fig. g.)
Elytral spots, except for scutellar spot, entirely lacking in some western specimens, elytron in eastern and northern specimens with large, oblique spot near middle and large subapical spot, humeral spot always lacking (2)
OR-NM-WI-YT, ne US/se Can - Map (2)
mostly: Jun-Aug (BG data)
C. monticola is widespread and variable in color pattern. (2)
It is not a commonly collected species but the key characters will enable it to be recognized. (2)
See Also
The middle spot on elytra of C. monticola can sometimes be separated into two spots, but they would be in line with each other, not with the smaller one offset and closer to the head like C. difficilis
Internet References
Species des coléoptères trimères sécuripalpes, p.115 - Mulsant's original description (in French)
Works Cited
1.Ladybugs of Alberta
John Acorn. 2007. University of Alberta Press, 169 pages.
2.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.