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Genus Cycloneda - Spotless Lady Beetles

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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 Coccinellinae
Genus Cycloneda (Spotless Lady Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Cycloneda Crotch 1873
3 spp. in our area
C. sanguinea
Pronotum with pale yellow lateral spot enclosed or surrounded by black coloration(1). Differs from C. polita and C. munda, both of which have pronotum with pale yellow lateral "C" or almost a complete yellow ring, but not a separate yellow "spot". C. sanguinea occurs across the southern US, from CA to FL and up the east coast to VA.(1)
C. polita
Pronotum with pale yellow lateral "C" or almost a complete yellow ring(1), but not a separate yellow "spot" as found in C. sanguinea. Legs dark. Very similar to C. munda but separated by distribution - West coast and east in northern states to east slope of Rockies.
C. munda
Pronotum similar to C. polita. Legs light yellowish-brown. Distribution more eastern: East Coast (ME-FL) west to Great Plains.

The color of C. munda is typically a paler, more orangish-red, while C. polita is typically dark red. However, there is variation within each species, and color cannot be used for definite ID where ranges overlap. Leg color is more reliable: C. polita has black or dark brown legs, C. munda has light yellow-brown legs.
larval key(2)
Some individuals may have dark markings due to damage to the developing pupa:
Print References
Vandenberg N.J. (2002) The New World genus Cycloneda Crotch (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Coccinellini): Historical review, new diagnosis, new generic and specific synonyms. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 104: 221-236.
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.
2.Larval systematics of North American Cycloneda Crotch (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)
Robert Gordon and Natalia Vandenberg. 1993. Insect Systematics and Evolution, vol. 28, no. 3.