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Genus Coccinella

Ladybeetle fresh from pupa - Coccinella septempunctata Lady Beetle  - Coccinella californica Seven-spotted lady beetle - Coccinella septempunctata Coccinella trifasciata Coccinella trifasciata lady beetle - Coccinella trifasciata Coccinella trifasciata subversa - Coccinella trifasciata Coccinella monticola - Mountain Lady Beetle - Coccinella monticola
Classification
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coccinella johnsoni now considered a junior synonym of C. californica
Explanation of Names
Coccinella Linnaeus 1758
coccin - Latin for 'scarlet' (1)
Numbers
12 species in North America:
Coccinella alta Brown 1962
Coccinella californica Mannerheim 1843
Coccinella difficilis Crotch 1873
Coccinella fulgida Watson 1954
Coccinella hieroglyphica Linnaeus 1758
Coccinella monticola Mulsant 1850
Coccinella prolongata Crotch 1873
Coccinella trifasciata Linnaeus 1758
Identification
early couplet in Gordon's key separates spp. into those w/ a thin darkened suture and those w/o such (2)
Elytral suture very narrowly black, at least apically:
Coccinella novemnotata Herbst - white betw. eyes
Coccinella prolongata Crotch - scattered w. NA records
Coccinella alta Brown - c. CA, n. UT, sw. AB
Coccinella johnsoni Casey - restricted to coastal strip, CA to AK
Coccinella californica Mannerheim - restricted to coastal strip, CA to WA
Range
Throughout North America, Holarctic
Food
Aphids and other small, soft-bodied insects.
See Also
- Range: e. N. Amer.
Anatis labiculata (Say)
Det. E. G. Riley, 2014
Print References
Brown, W.J. 1962. A revision of the forms of Coccinella L. occurring in America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Canadian Entomologist 94: 785–808.
Gordon, 1985, esp. pp. 783-,816 figures 639-661.(2)
Gordon and Vandenberg, larval key(3)
Internet References
Systema naturae, 10th ed., v.1, p.364 - Linnaeus' original description of the genus.
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.
3.Larval systematics of North American Coccinella L. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)
Robert D. Gordon and Natalia Vandenberg. 1995. Entomologica Scandinavica, vol. 26.