Mealybug Destroyer - Cryptolaemus montrouzieri | SocalFauna.net

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Mealybug Destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri)


Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae


Native to Australia and introduced into California in 1891-1892 and 1930 as a means of biological control for mealybugs, and now established here. The adults are small (3-4mm), pubescent, and reddish-bodied with dark elytra that are reddish near the apex, and with dark legs. Adults of Scymnus are similar but typically smaller and with lighter legs.

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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