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Species Cryptolaemus montrouzieri - Mealybug Destroyer

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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 Scymninae
Tribe Scymnini (Dusky Lady Beetles)
Genus Cryptolaemus
Species montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Mulsant
Orig. Comb: Cryptolaemus montrousieri Mulsant 1853
Explanation of Names
Patronym for Jean Xavier Hyacinthe Montrouzier (1820- 1897), a French priest, explorer, botanist, zoologist and entomologist.
Numbers
Monotypic genus (1)
Size
Adult 3.4 - 4.5 mm (2)
Larvae to 13 mm (Cornell)
Identification

Larva is covered with medium to long waxy curls.

Adult beetle is dark brown to black with orange/tan head and tail, and dark legs (similar colored Scymnus spp. have yellow legs (2)).
Adults can be sexed visually: all the legs of males are dark, while females have light-brown forelegs.
Range
widely dist., esp. so. US (BG data)
Established in IN, MO, FL, CA (1)
Season
mostly: May-Aug (BG data)
Food
Both adults and larvae feed on mealybugs, and are regularly purchased for pest control as beneficial insects.
Life Cycle
Yellow eggs laid among mealybugs hatch to larvae which eventually pupate and emerge as adult beetles.
Remarks
Imported to the US from Australia in 1891 to control citrus mealybugs in California. Widely used for control of citrus and long-tailed mealybugs, soft scales and related pests. Will not survive cold winters, so it is mostly used in greenhouses or mild-winter areas, or has to be introduced annually.
See Also
Scymnus sp. - smaller (under 2.5mm), and usually with light brown legs, not black. (2)
Print References
Opuscules entomologiques, v.3, p.140 - Mulsant's original description
Internet References
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.