Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Scymnus

Scymnus loewii Mulsant - Scymnus loewii One for Abigail... - Scymnus nebulosus Beetle - Scymnus kansanus - female Tiny lady beetle on potato vine plant - Scymnus Scymnus fraternus LeConte - Scymnus fraternus - male scale-like insect, tiny spot on leaf - Scymnus Scymnus cf. ardelio - Scymnus ardelio Lady beetle – genus Scymnus? - Scymnus
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 Scymninae
Tribe Scymnini (Dusky Lady Beetles)
Genus Scymnus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Scymnus Kugelann 1794
Explanation of Names
Scymnus - Greek for 'cub' or 'whelp' (1)
93 spp. in two subgenera (Scymnus and Pullus) in our area(2), >200 total
Larva is covered with waxy outgrowths, similar to Cryptolaemus. Adults can be difficult to identify to species without genitalia dissection and ventral imaging.
throughout N. Amer. and worldwide(2)
The organization used to separate some of the species in the guide, based on color patterns, does not reflect taxonomic groups (i.e. a given coloration/pattern will include species from both subgenera).
Works Cited
1.Ladybugs of Alberta
John Acorn. 2007. University of Alberta Press, 169 pages.
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.