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Species Chilocorus cacti - Cactus Lady Beetle

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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 Chilocorinae
Genus Chilocorus (Twice-stabbed Lady Beetles)
Species cacti (Cactus Lady Beetle)
Other Common Names
Twice-Stabbed Cactus Lady Beetle
Explanation of Names
Chilocorus cacti (Linnaeus 1767)
cacti = 'of cactus'
4.0-6.2 mm(1)
Gordon's figures - mesosternum, metasternum, and abdomen yellow or red.(1)

Spmn from central Texas
CA-LA-OK-NV, FL (BG data); s. CA to c. TX - Map (1) to S. America & the Caribbean
Found on Opuntia (Prickly Pear) cacti and various trees, including especially coconut palm trees
See Also
The red or yellow ventral surface (except prosternum) will separate C. cacti from C. fraternus and allies which have the mesosternum and metasternum black.(1) A. plagiatum also differs in the ventral colouration, and the markings on that species are positioned closer to the front. In Texas, Axion has small markings.
Works Cited
1.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.