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Chilocorus? - Thalassa montezumae

Chilocorus? - Thalassa montezumae
Sanibel, Lee County, Florida, USA
June 2, 2011
The emerging adult looks to be a Chilocorus of some sort but the waxy coating on the larvae is throwing me off.

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Moved from Hyperaspis.

I think the three images may be 2 species
The individuals in the 2nd and 3rd images have very different spot placement - well towards the rear of the body in #2, slightly aft of middle but definitely not apical in #3. Trying to fit both individuals into a single species has not been working at all! Even if the images are from the same plant, it's possible to have 2 different species in the same genus in the same place, especially if there are prey insects that would attract a lot of lady beetles anyway.

I have a strong feeling that #2 is Hyperaspis inedita. I don't think #3 can go to species, females are always more difficult and the black-with-two-red-discal-spots pattern is extremely common in the genus.

I do realize that the images on BG already for H. inedita don't look like yours, but the species has variable spot sizes and locations. #3 still can't be H. inedita, though, because females of that species have white markings on the pronotum.

For the record, in case these do get split up, here's what I'm talking about when I say #2:

And here's #3:

Moved from ID Request.

Hyperaspis, not sure which
You're right, Chilocorus doesn't have waxy tufts like that. This is in subfamily Scymninae, genus Hyperaspis, but I can't tell what species it is. It doesn't quite match anything I can find. The dorsal pattern looks like H. bigeminata but that species has red or orange rounded markings on the pronotum, not a narrow white margin like yours.

Although the image quality isn't great I'm going to keep these in the Guide because we have no other verified Hyperaspis larva/pupa images.

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