Trident Lady Beetle - Hyperaspis trifurcata | SocalFauna.net

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Trident Lady Beetle (Hyperaspis trifurcata)


Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae


A small (2-3mm) glabrous black lady beetle with variable but distinctive yellow pattern. One of many species of Hyperaspis recorded from Southern California; the species is apparently associated with Cochineal Insects on Prickly Pear. The species is absent from California in Gordon's range maps (1985) where it's listed only from Arizona and Texas; the beetle's range has expanded since that publication and it is now established in Southern California.

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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