Heather Lady Beetle - Chilocorus bipustulatus | SocalFauna.net

Madrona Marsh
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Heather Lady Beetle (Chilocorus bipustulatus)

Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae

A small (3-4.5mm) dark red lady beetle, each elytron with a horizontal row of 3 red spots (which may or may not be merged together). Native to Israel, the species was introduced into California (in the San Joaquin Valley) in 1951 as a biological control for scale insects. In Southern California, I've only recorded this species from Madrona Marsh in Torrance, Los Angeles County.

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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