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Species Epilachna borealis - Squash 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 Epilachninae (Plant-eating Lady Beetles)
Genus Epilachna
Species borealis (Squash Lady Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Epilachna borealis (Fabricius 1775)
Size
7.4-9.8 mm(1)
Identification
Gordon's figs. (1985)(1)
Range
e. US (MA-FL to KS-c.TX; map)(1)
Food
leaves of squash, cantaloupe, and other cucurbits; an unusual characteristic is that this insect circles the leaf area in which it is going to feed
Remarks
Pupae have an interesting chemical defense consisting of oily droplets at the tips of glandular hairs that coat the beetle. The secretion is especially deterrent against ants. The secretion consists of ester and amide compound alkanoic acid derivatives, mainly macrocyclic polyamines.
See Also
E. varivestis has smaller markings and two spots in the third row of elytral markings, not one.

E. tredecimnotata has smaller markings like E. varivestis but only one spot in the third row of elytra markings.

Subcoccinella vigintiquatuorpunctata is much smaller, red, and has different marking pattern.
Works Cited
1.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.