Western Blood-Red Lady Beetle
( Cycloneda polita )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Cycloneda polita
(Casey, 1899)
Common Name:Western Blood-Red Lady Beetle
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Coccinellidae
Genus:Cycloneda
Taxon Code:COL01589
ITIS TSN#:692581

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Henry Cowell Redwoods SP, Henry Cowell Redwoods SP, 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton
County:Santa Cruz County
ECI Site#:CASP111001
Park/Forest:Henry Cowell Redwoods SP

RECOGNITION
Pronotum with pale yellow lateral C or almost a complete yellow ring(1), but not a separate yellow spot
Similar Taxa
For the Cycloneda lady beetles, there are 3 species in the US and Canada: C. polita, C. munda, and C. sanguinea. They all have the pale curved markings on the pronotum, which can range from very shallow to completely enclosed. C. munda and C. polita can be distinguished by range on the East and West coasts (they may overlap in central and northwestern states). There's a C. polita with complete circles on the pronotum at the University of California's CalPhotos? Abigail M. Parker, 19 June, 2009

BIOLOGY

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Scott Peden

REFERENCES
  • Species Cycloneda polita - Western Blood-Red Lady Beetle. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/15623). Accessed March 12, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#692581


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