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A total of 46 results were found at 08:08 on 11th December 2023 when searching for Coccinellidae.


  • Epilachna vigintisexpunctata (Boisduval, 1835) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Coccinella doryca Boisduval, 1835, Coccinella vigintisexpunctata Boisduval, 1835, Epilachna philippinensis Dieke, 1947, Epilachna philippinensis australica Dieke, 1947. Common name: 26-spotted ladybird.
  • Exochomus quadripustulata (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonym: Coccinella quadripustulata Linnaeus, 1758.
  • Halmus chalybeus (Boisduval, 1835) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonym: Coccinella chalybeus Boisduval, 1835. Common name: Steelblue ladybird.
  • Halmus coelestris (Blackburn, 1891) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Orcus clypeatus Weise, 1923, Orcus coelestris Blackburn, 1891, Orcus ovalis Blackburn, 1892, Orcus splendens Blackburn, 1892.
  • Harmonia axyridis (Pallas, 1773) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Common name: Harlequin ladybird.
  • Harmonia conformis (Boisduval, 1835) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Coccinella conformis Boisduval, 1835, Leis conformis occidentalis Lea, 1902. Common name: Common spotted ladybird.
  • Harmonia octomaculata (Fabricius, 1781) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Coccinella arcuata Fabricius, 1787, Coccinella octomaculata Fabricius, 1781. Common name: Maculate ladybird.
  • HenosEpilachna indica (Mulsant, 1850) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonym: Epilachna indica Mulsant. Common name: twelve-spotted melon beetle.
  • Hippodamia variegata (Goeze, 1777) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonym: Coccinella variegata Goeze, 1777. Common names: variegated ladybird, Spotted amber ladybird, Adonis’ ladybird.
  • Micraspis frenata (Erichson, 1842) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Coccinella bicruciata Montrouzier, 1861, Coccinella frenata Erichson, 1842, Coelophora vittipennis Fauvel, 1903, Micraspis lineata Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1982. Common name: stripped ladybird.
  • Novius cardinalis (Muslant, 1850) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Rodolia aegyptiaca Sicard, 1907, Vedalia cardinalis Mulsant, 1850. Common name: Vedalia ladybird.
  • Orcus australasiae (Boisduval, 1835) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Coccinella australasiae Boisduval, 1835, Orcus australasiae quadrinotatus Lea,1902.
  • Orcus cyaneocephalus Mulsant, 1850 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Orcus lecanii Blackburn, 1895, Orcus purppureotinctus Lea, 1902.
  • Orcus obscurus Blackburn, 1895 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonym: Orcus australasiae obscurus Blackburn, 1892.
  • Orcus punctulatus Blackburn, 1892 
    Family: Coccinellidae

  • Parastethorus histrio (Chazeau, 1974) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonym: Stethorus histrio Chazeau, 1974. Common name: Mite-eating ladybird.
  • Parastethorus nigripes (Kapur, 1948) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Stethorus loxtoni Britton & Lee, 1972, Stethorus nigripes Kapur, 1948. Common name: Mite-eating ladybird.
  • Rhyzobius forestieri (Muslant, 1853) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Platyomus forestieri Muslant, 1853, Scymnodes circularis Sharp, 1889, Scymnodes forestieri (Mulsant, 1853).
  • Rhyzobius hirtellus Crotch, 1874 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonym: Rhizobius ruficollis Blackburn, 1889.
  • Rhyzobius lophanthae (Blaisdell, 1892) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonyms: Nothorhyzobius ruficollis Brèthes, 1925, Pullus coeruleipennis Sicard, 1909, Rhizobius toowoombae Blackburn, 1892, Rhizobius unguicularis Weise, 1922, Scymnus lophanthae Blaisdell, 1892. Common name: ladybird.

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