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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Cycloneda polita


Scientific name: Cycloneda polita Casey
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Cucujoidea
    Family Coccinellidae

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What it looks like: 3.5-6.2 mm in length. It's body is robust and ovoid, with elytra that are usually red and sometimes yellowish-red. It shape and coloring are similar to those of a convergent lady beetle, except there are no black spots on the elytra and no converging pale spots on the pronotum.

Where you'll find it: This species is common throughout the western United States. However, it does not appear frequently in desert regions

Natural History: This beetle is an aphid predator and has also been used as a biocontrol agent for giant whiteflies, which are pests that infest ornamental plants, vegetables, and some fruit trees such as citrus and avocado.

This page was written by Maren Farnum, a 2005 California Beetle Project intern.

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