Endomychidae

Belongs within: Coccinelloidea.Contains: Endomychinae. The Endomychidae are a group of often brightly coloured fungus-feeding beetles. Larvae often bear lateral tergal processes on most segments; in the species Encymon immaculatus, these processes are spinose and may break off to deter predators (Lawrence & Britton 1991). Members of the genus Trochoideus have remarkable antennae with just five… Continue reading Endomychidae

Harmonia

Belongs within: Coccinellini. Harmonia is a genus of ladybird beetles widespread in the Old World, feeding on aphids and other Hemiptera (Ślipiński 2007). The large-spotted ladybird H. conformis is a common species in Australia and has a light reddish dorsum with twenty large black spots. Characters (from Ślipiński 2007): Length 4–8 mm. Elytra moderately to… Continue reading Harmonia

Latridiidae

Belongs within: Coccinelloidea.Contains: Corticaria. The Latridiidae are a group of minute beetles that feeds as adults and larvae on fungal spores, and are commonly found associated with dead vegetation or leaf litter (Lawrence & Britton 1991). A number of species are commonly found in food stores and have become widely dispersed worldwide. Members of the… Continue reading Latridiidae

Corylophidae

Belongs within: Coccinelloidea. The Corylophidae are a group of minute beetles that usually have the head concealed beneath the prothorax. The eastern Australian Periptyctus was included in the family Endomychidae until recently and is placed by molecular data as the sister taxon to other Corylophidae (Robertson et al. 2015). The North American Holopsis has the… Continue reading Corylophidae

Cerylonidae

Belongs within: Coccinelloidea. The Cerylonidae are a group of small beetles found under bark of rotten logs and in decaying leaf litter where they probably feed on fungal hyphae and spores (Lawrence & Britton 1991). Robertson et al. (2015) excluded the subfamilies Murmidiinae and Euxestinae from the Cerylonidae, restricting the family to a clade including… Continue reading Cerylonidae

Coccinella

Belongs within: Coccinellidae. Coccinella is a cosmopolitan genus, most diverse in the Holarctic region, that includes many of the most familiar ladybird species. The seven-spotted ladybird C. septempunctata is a native of the Palaearctic region that has been introduced to North America and sub-Saharan Africa. The transverse ladybird C. transversalis is an Indo-Australian species with… Continue reading Coccinella

Coccinelloidea

Belongs within: Coleoptera.Contains: Latridiidae, Endomychidae, Coccinellidae, Corylophidae, Anamorphidae, Cerylonidae, Bothrideridae. The Coccinelloidea are a diverse clade of beetles supported by molecular phylogenetic analyses (McKenna et al. 2015). <==Coccinelloidea [Tridigitati]MW15 |–+–LatridiidaeRS15 | `–+–Akalyptoischion Andrews 1976A02 [AkalyptoischiidaeRS15] | | |–A. anasillosRS15 | | `–+–A. atrichos Andrews 1976RS15, B14 | | `–A. sleeperiRS15 | `–+–Sphaerosoma [Alexiidae]RS15 | | |–S.… Continue reading Coccinelloidea

Microweiseini

Belongs within: Coccinellidae.Contains: Serangiini. The Sukunahikonini are a circumtropical group of minute ladybird beetles with long, geniculate maxillary palps (Ślipiński 2007). <==Microweiseini [Pharini, Sukunahikonini]RS15 |–Scymnomorphus Weise 1897RS15, S07 [=Scotoscymnus Weise 1901S07; incl. Sukunahikona Kamiya 1960S07] | |–*S. rotundatus Weise 1897 [=*Scotoscymnus rotundatus]S07 | |–S. fulvus Ślipiński & Tomaszewska 2005S07 | |–S. hirtus Ślipiński & Tomaszewska… Continue reading Microweiseini

Serangiini

Belongs within: Microweiseini. The Serangiini are a pantropical group of minute ladybird beetles that are predatory on whiteflies (Aleyrodidae) (Ślipiński 2007). Characters (from Ślipiński 2007): Body minute, 0.8–3.5 mm, hemispherical with head in repose withdrawn into prothorax and deflexed, ventrally fitting closely against the prominent prosternal lobe. Clypeus deeply emarginate around exposed antennal insertions; ventral… Continue reading Serangiini

Coccidulini

Belongs within: Coccinellidae.Contains: Scymnodes, Rodatus, Rhyzobius, Stethorus, Scymnus, Diomini, Hyperaspidini. The Coccidulini are a diverse, poorly characterised group of hairy ladybird beetles. Spotless ladybirds Published 16 February 2016 Ladybirds are one of the first types of insect most children learn to recognise. Most people recognise these beetles straight away with their bright, contrasting colour patterns… Continue reading Coccidulini