Explanation of Names
Azya orbigera Mulsant, 1850
orbigera = bearing a globe or orb
Dark metallic blue (preserved specimens may darken to grayish-black)
Pubescent (hairy) except for two large circular areas
Covered with long waxy white tufts
Body color yellow
established in so. FL (1)
(Michaud et al.), native to ne Mexico to S. Amer.
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.
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.