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Steelblue Ladybeetle - Halmus chalybeus

Steelblue Ladybeetle - Halmus chalybeus
Mission Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
June 15, 2012
Size: 3.0 mm
Empty pupal case and newly emerged adult Steelblue Ladybeetle. Exoskeleton not fully sclerotized and blue-green iridescence not yet present.

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Nice catch
Teneral ladybugs are rather poorly documented. It is interesting to see how greyish this species appears when it has emerged. That is proof that there is no reddish pigment at work unlike Chilocorus, which are brown when teneral.

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