Spider Mite Destroyer - Stethorus punctum | SocalFauna.net

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Spider Mite Destroyer (Stethorus punctum)

Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae

A small (~1.5mm) pubescent black lady beetle with yellow legs, antennae, and mouthparts. Unlike most other lady beetles, the diet consists almost entirely of spider mites. Subspecies S. p. picipes occurs along the west coast from California north to BC.

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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