Cycloneda polita flava Timberlake 1943

Coccinellidae, Coleoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia

dorsal view


Washington, British Columbia (Gordon 1985).


Identical to C. polita in all respects other than elytral pigmentation. Genitalia are the same. 3.5- 6.2 mm long, 3.0- 4.0 wide. Form rounded, convex. Elytra immaculate, usually red. Lateral margin of elytra feebly explanate. Two lateral black spots on pronotum, giving the appearance of eyes. Middle and hind tibiae each with 2 tibial spurs. Tarsal claw with large subquadrate basal tooth. Postcoxal line incomplete without oblique dividing line.

Natural History

Considered a beneficial organism, feeding primarily on aphids. Also feeds on mites and scale insects.

Literature Cited

Gordon, R. D. 1985. The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America north of Mexico. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 93:1-912.

Page author:

Melissa Kmetz-Barrows. The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA 98505 USA

Date of this version: 20 January 2004.

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