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Species Chilocorus nigrita - Black Chilocorus

Chilocorus nigrita (Fabricius) - Chilocorus nigrita Black Chilocorus - Chilocorus nigrita Black Chilocorus - Chilocorus nigrita Black Chilocorus (Chilocorus nigrita) - Chilocorus nigrita Black Chilocorus (Chilocorus nigrita) - Chilocorus nigrita Black Chilocorus (Chilocorus nigrita) - Chilocorus nigrita unidentified beetle - Chilocorus nigrita - male - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Subfamily Chilocorinae
Genus Chilocorus (Twice-stabbed Lady Beetles)
Species nigrita (Black Chilocorus)
Explanation of Names
Chilocorus nigrita (Fabricius 1798)
nigrita = 'negro'
3.2-4.0 mm (Featured Creatures)
the only medium-sized, non-pubescent, glossy black coccinellid in Florida with a pale head and lateral margins of the pronotum (Featured Creatures)
larva yellow or brown with long spines.
s FL - Map (1)(Featured Creatures)(2), native to e. Asia(3), but now introduced pan-tropically
Life Cycle
primarily a predator of scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccidae), but also has been reported to feed on whiteflies, aphids and psyllids. (Featured Creatures)
a voracious feeder on scale insects, with each beetle capable of destroying 500 or more scales during its development (Omkar and Pervez 2003).
first collected in Florida in October 2007, in Miami-Dade County. There are now 15 Florida records for this species, 13 from Miami-Dade County and two from Broward County. (1)
Print References
Omkar and Pervez A. 2003. Ecology and biocontrol potential of a scale-predator, Chilocorus nigritus. Biocontrol Science and Technology 13: 379-390.
Internet References
Featured Creatures - Michael C. Thomas and Orland J. Blanchard, Jr., 2013
Works Cited
1.Ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) recently immigrant to Florida
Thomas M.C., Blanchard O.J. 2013. Florida Dept. Agric. & Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry, Entomology Circular Number 428. 5 pp.
2.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
3.Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe
Roques A., Kenis M., Lees D., Lopez-Vaamonde C., Rabitsch W., Rasplus J.-Y., Roy D., eds. 2010. BioRisk 4 Special Issue; 2 vols., 1028 pp.