Purple Scale Destroyer - Rhyzobius lophanthae | SocalFauna.net

Adult. Long Beach
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Purple Scale Destroyer (Rhyzobius lophanthae)


Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae


Native to Australia and introduced into California in the late 1800s as a biological control for scale insects, especially armored scales. Presently the species is found throughout coastal Southern California, including the Channel Islands. The adult is small (2-3mm) and highly pubescent with reddish-brown head and pronotum and with dark metallic elytra. See also Rhyzobius forestieri, another introduced scale predator, which is larger overall and with darker head and pronotum.

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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