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Subspecies Neoharmonia venusta venusta

V-marked Lady Beetle - Neoharmonia venusta V-marked Lady Beetle - Neoharmonia venusta Neoharmonia venusta venusta (Melsheimer) - Neoharmonia venusta Neoharmonia venusta venusta (Melsheimer) - Neoharmonia venusta V-marked Lady Beetle - Neoharmonia venusta lady bug - Neoharmonia venusta Neoharmonia venusta venusta - Neoharmonia venusta V-marked Lady Beetle - Neoharmonia venusta - male
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 Neoharmonia
Species venusta (V-marked Lady Beetle)
Subspecies venusta (Neoharmonia venusta venusta)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neoharmonia venusta (Melsheimer)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella venusta Melsheimer, 1847
Explanation of Names
venusta (L). 'charming' (1)
One of two North American subspecies of Neoharmonia venusta.
Length 4.5 to 7.0 mm (2)
e US (TX-FL-ME-NE) - Map (2)
mostly: May-Aug (BG data)
Soft-bodied insects and larvae; perhaps scale insects. (2)
Per Whitehead & Duffield (1982), they are "major predators of larvae and pupae of the willow leaf beetle Plagiodera versicolora (Laicharteg) in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States."
Were coll. in central Texas on willows (Salix) infested with Chrysomela texana (Schaeffer) which they may have been feeding on (MAQ, pers. obs.)
See Also
The other subspecies, Neoharmonia venusta ampla, occurs in the southwestern U.S. and Texas, with very little range overlap.
Print References
Gordon, 1985, especially pp. 834-839, figures 673, 667-668.(2)
Melsheimer, F.E. 1847. Descriptions of new species of Coleoptera of the United States. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 3: 158-181.
Whitehead, D.R. and R.M. Duffield. 1982. An unusual specialized predator prey association (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae, Chrysomelidae): Failure of a chemical defense and possible practical application. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 36(1): 96-97.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.