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Species Azya orbigera - Globe-marked Lady Beetle

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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 Coccidulinae
Genus Azya
Species orbigera (Globe-marked Lady Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Azya orbigera Mulsant, 1850
orbigera = bearing a globe or orb
Identification

Adults:
Dark metallic blue (preserved specimens may darken to grayish-black)
Pubescent (hairy) except for two large circular areas

Larvae:
Covered with long waxy white tufts
Body color yellow
Range
established in so. FL (1)(Michaud et al.), native to ne Mexico to S. Amer.
See Also
Larvae can be easily mistaken for those of Subfamily Scymninae. The Florida location, extremely long tufts, and yellow body color can narrow it down somewhat, but the best way to ID the larvae is to rear them to adulthood.
Print References
Michaud, J.P., C.W. McCoy, S.H. Futch (2002; reviewed 2008) Lady beetles as biological control agents in citrus. Hortic. Sci. Dept., Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, U. of Florida document HS-873
Woodruff RE, Sailer RI. 1977. Establishment of the genus Azya in the United States. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, Entomology Circular 230: 1-2.
Works Cited
1.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.