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Zilus horni

Zilus horni
Rancocas, Rancocas Nature Center NJAS, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
May 22, 2010
Size: Maybe around 1.5 mm?
I keep trying to find something in Scymnini, but usually end up in Phalacridae. How about this time? Outside the range of my camera, but I tried it anyway! Found on the tree with these larvae, I'm not sure what the relationship may be (if any). These adults are much smaller than the other larvae.

Eating this

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Moved from Scymninae.

Even with the small photos and lack of detail, I can tell the pronotum is slightly pubescent and the elytra are smooth, which puts it in Zilus. A black Zilus from the East Coast, not in Florida, must be Z. horni.


please consider unfrassing one of the venter images. Some detail is shown, and it's good to see how the femurs are black while the tibia/tarsi slightly more yellow-brown.

I moved in one that I thought showed those features the best, but if you want something different feel free to change as you wish.

Moved from Beetles.

Scy; size suggests Stethorus; the glabrous dorsum says otherwise
waiting for Abby to weigh in

Zilus horni ?

good idea!
but this time you've managed to dodge the perils of showing the surface texture; general outline is consistent, though

it would explain why it was with other scale insect eaters.