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Painted Lady Beetle (Mulsantina picta)

Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae

A medium-sized (3-5mm) lady beetle with extremely variable elytra pattern, though the pronotum pattern is distinct - note the dark "M" shaped marking. The species is found throughout North America especially in montane or wooded areas such as the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains, where they are predators of aphids, scales, and adelgids. I've found this species in association with Pine with likely prey including the Pine Aphid Eulachnus sp.

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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