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Species Aphidecta obliterata - Larch Lady Beetle

Aphidecta obliterata (L.) - Aphidecta obliterata Ladybird? If not, what? 2 - Aphidecta obliterata
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 Aphidecta
Species obliterata (Larch Lady Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Aphidecta obliterata (Linnaeus 1758)
3.5-5 mm(1)
Palaearctic; released in the US and Canada for biocontrol of Adelges piceae, established in NC(2) and NF(3)
Works Cited
1.Benisch C. (2007-) – Beetle fauna of Germany
2.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.
3.Handbook of biological control: Principles and applications of biological control
T.S. Bellows, T.W. Fisher, L.E. Caltagirone, D.L. Dahlsten, G. Gordh and C.B. Huffaker, eds. 1999. Academic Press. 1046 pp.