Wounded Lady Beetle - Axion plagiatum | SocalFauna.net

Adult on Sycamore bark. El Dorado Park
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Wounded Lady Beetle (Axion plagiatum)


Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae


A medium-sized (5-7mm) highly convex black lady beetle with two large red spots. The species ranges from Texas west to Southern California and north into Oregon where it is a predator of scale insects; I most commonly encounter this species on sycamore trees where it presumably feeds on the Sycamore Scale. See also Chilocorus, which are generally smaller and with a red abdomen (a ventral photo is useful in distinguishing the two genera).

References:
1. California Beetle Project at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2. Robert D. Gordon. 1985. The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico

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