Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coccinella californica (Mannerheim)
Orig. Comb: Coccinella californica Mannerheim
Syn: Coccinella johnsoni - considered a jr syn of C. californica (Belicek 1976)
- Typical form:
Red or orange, no spots, black suture (where the wings meet, down the middle of the back). The black suture may expand into a small diamond-shaped patch near the base of the wings.
Pronotum (between wings and head) black with a white patch on each side
Head black with two small white spots between the eyes
- "johnsoni" form:
Same as above but with black spots on elytra
range hugs the west coast - Map (1)
Nine-spotted Lady Beetle
), spotless form, has white line connecting the two white patches on the pronotum, and a white patch between the eyes rather than two spots.
Three-banded Lady Beetle
), spotless form, has white line connecting the two white patches on the pronotum, and does not have a black suture (line down the back).
Belicek, J. 1976. Coccinellidae of western Canada and Alaska with analyses of the transmontane zoogeographic relationships between the fauna of British Columbia and Alberta (Insecta: Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Quaestiones Entomologicae, 12(4): 283-409. Full PDF