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Subfamily Scymninae

mealybug destroyer - Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Brachiacantha uteella Casey - Brachiacantha uteella Brachiacantha ursina? - Brachiacantha ursina Diomus debilis (LeConte) - Diomus debilis Beetle Hyperaspis fastidiosa Casey - Hyperaspis fastidiosa dusky lady beetle - Scymnus fraternus beetle - Brachiacantha
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
Explanation of Names
Scymninae Mulsant, 1846
8 tribes with 18 genera in NA(1):

Tribe Scymnillini Casey, 1899
Genus Zilus Mulsant, 1850
Genus Zagloba Casey, 1899
Tribe Stethorini Dobzhansky, 1924
Genus Stethorus Weiss, 1885
Tribe Scymnini Mulsant, 1846
Genus Nephaspis Casey, 1899
Genus Cryptolaemus Mulsant, 1853
Genus Didion Casey, 1899
Genus Scymnus Kugelann, 1794
Genus Sasajiscymnus Vandenberg, 2004
Genus Nephus Mulsant, 1846
Genus Scymnobius Casey, 1899
Tribe Diomini Gordon, 1899
Genus Diomus Mulsant, 1850
Genus Decadiomus Chapin, 1933
Tribe Selvadiini Gordon, 1985
Genus Selvadius Casey, 1899
Tribe Hyperaspidini Mulsant, 1846
Genus Blaisdelliana Gordon, 1970
Genus Helesius Casey, 1899
Genus Thalassa Mulsant, 1850
Genus Hyperaspis Redtenbacher, 1844
Genus Hyperaspidius Crotch, 1873
Tribe Brachiacanthini Mulsant, 1850
Genus Brachiacantha Dejean, 1837
Tribe Cryptognathini Mulsant, 1850
Genus Cryptognatha, Mulsant, 1850
Usually small, oval to oblong, strongly convex (dome-shaped)
Dorsal surface often pubescent (having short, fine hairs)
Scymnillini, Stethorini, Scymini, Diomini, and Selvadiini usually with dark, dull colors: black, brown, yellowish, reddish-brown
Hyperaspidini and Brachiacanthini usually brightly colored, with blue eyes
Larvae covered with white wax that may form long "hairy" tufts, resembling mealybugs or caterpillars
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.