Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1853 by Étienne Mulsant
Explanation of Names
From Greek kryptos (κρυπτος)- "hidden" + laimos (λαιμος)- "throat"
One introduced species in North America.
Widely introduced throughout North America.
Widely released for biocontrol both outdoors (especially orchards and other cultivated agricultural areas) and indoors (arboretums, shopping malls, greenhouses).
Outdoors: Cannot survive cold weather, but may be found as far north as Canada in the warm months due to biocontrol release. Year-round from Florida to southern California.
Primarily mealybugs; if these are unavailable, will also eat aphids and other small, soft-bodied insects.
Opuscules entomologiques, v.3, p.140
Mulsant's original description of the genus