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California Lady Beetle (Coccinella californica)

Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae

A medium-sized (5-7mm) lady beetle with immaculate red lady elytra, a black pronotum with two white areas on either side, and a black head with two spots between the eyes. Form "johnsoni" is as above, but with 9 black spots on the elytra. The species is found up and down the west coast where it is an aphid predator. See also C. novemnotata, which also has spotless and 9-spot forms, but with a white bar between the eyes instead of two white spots. The widespread introduced C. septempunctata may be similar to the maculate form, but with 7 spots instead of 9.

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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