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)
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Author: Latreille 1807
Two tribes with 21 genera in NA(1)
Tribe Coccinellini Latreille, 1807
Genus Ceratomegilla Crotch, 1873
Tribe Halyziini Mulsant, 1846
Coccinellini feed on insects and insect eggs, including aphids and other heteropterans, caterpillars, fly larvae, and scale insects. Some species supplement their diet with plant pollen.
Halyziini feed on fungus, such as powdery mildew.
This subfamily contains many of the most familiar lady beetles - because they feed on agricultural pests and plant mold, they are a common sight in fields, yards, and gardens.
|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.