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Species Stethorus punctillum - Lesser Mite Destroyer

Scymnine coccinellid? - Stethorus punctillum Scymnine coccine*llid? - Stethorus punctillum Scymnine coccine*llid? - Stethorus punctillum Tiny Black Beetle - Stethorus punctillum tiny lady? - Stethorus punctillum Stethorus - Stethorus punctillum lady beetle - Stethorus punctillum - female
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 Scymninae
Genus Stethorus (Spider Mite Destroyers)
Species punctillum (Lesser Mite Destroyer)
Range
native to the Palaearctic, introduced and established in NA (so. Canada, Pacific States, ne. US)(1)
Food
A variety of mites
Remarks
Introduced from Europe as biological control in 1955; it failed to get established, so it was reintroduced repeatedly later on.
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