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Lady Beetle (Rhyzobius forestieri)


Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae


Native to Australia and introduced into North America as a biological control for scale insects; now established along coastal California. The adult is small (3-4mm), highly pubescent and uniformly dark, except for its red abdomen. See also R. lophanthae, another introduced scale predator that averages smaller and has a reddish-brown 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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