Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Curinus coeruleus (Mulsant)
Orig. Comb: Orcus coeruleus Étienne Mulsant
Explanation of Names
coeruleus is a spelling variation of Latin caeruleus - "deep/dark blue, as the sky"
Blue with two orange markings on the pronotum (hard shell between wings and head).
FL (n. to ~Gainesville) / Cuba / Mex. to S. Amer. (1)
Native to the Caribbean but widely introduced for biological control. Apparently imported to Florida from Mexico in the 1950s.
Normally scale insects (order Homoptera, suborder Coccoidea), but also will feed on aphids and the Asian Citrus Psyllid (Diaphorina citri)
- Orange markings are on the wing covers, not the pronotum.
- no orange markings.