Dusky Lady Beetle - Scymnus cervicalis | SocalFauna.net

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Dusky Lady Beetle (Scymnus cervicalis)

Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Cucujoidea > Coccinellidae

One of many Scymnus spp. that occur in California, this is a small (2-3mm) lady beetle with pubescent black elytra and uniformly red pronotum and head, with red legs. The species is found primarily east of the Rocky Mountains, with a disjunct population around Los Angeles on the west coast. Other species of Scymnus in our area have the pronotum at least partly black; the Mealybug Destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) is also similar, but with dark legs.

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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