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Species Coccinella difficilis

Coccinella difficilis and C. 7-punctata larvae on yucca plant - Coccinella difficilis Coccinella monticola or difficilis? - Coccinella difficilis Coccinella difficilis Coccinella difficilis Coccinella difficilis Coccinella difficilis
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
No Taxon (pale elytral suture)
Species difficilis (Coccinella difficilis)
Explanation of Names
Coccinella difficilis Crotch, 1873
Size
Length 5.0 to 6.0 mm (1)
Identification
Range
w. US (CA-CO-MT-OR) - Map (1), plus NM (2)
See Also
The middle spot on elytra of C. monticola can sometimes be separated into two spots, but they would be in line with each other, not with the smaller one offset and closer to the head like C. difficilis
Print References
Crotch, G.R. 1873. Revision of the Coccinellidae of the United States. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 4: 363-382. (p. 370)
Gordon, 1985, especially pp. 804-806, figures 653-654.(1)
Gordon & Vandenberg, 1995, "Larval Systematics of North American Coccinella."(3)
Works Cited
1.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.
2.The Lost Ladybug Project (LLP)
3.Larval systematics of North American Coccinella L. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)
Robert D. Gordon and Natalia Vandenberg. 1995. Entomologica Scandinavica, vol. 26.