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Species Pharoscymnus flexibilis

Pharoscymnus flexibilis (Mulsant) - Pharoscymnus flexibilis
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 Sticholotidinae
Genus Pharoscymnus
Species flexibilis (Pharoscymnus flexibilis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neojauravia naeida Gordon & Almeida
Explanation of Names
Pharoscymnus flexibilis (Mulsant 1853)
Size
1.8-2.2 mm(1)
Identification
very distinctive yet variable in pattern(1)
Range
native to India & adjacent countries, adventive in our area (recently established in FL) and Brazil(1)
Season
Feb-Sep in FL(1)
Food
mainly Coccoidea, to some extent whiteflies and aphids(1)
Remarks
earliest record in our area: FL 2011(1)
It is likely that it was transported on scale-infested plants from Asia or Brazil.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) recently immigrant to Florida
Thomas M.C., Blanchard O.J. 2013. Florida Dept. Agric. & Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry, Entomology Circular Number 428. 5 pp.