Flowering Plants Visited by Cycloneda sanguinea in Illinois

Cycloneda sanguinea Linnaeus: Coccinellidae, Coleoptera
(observations are from Robertson and Graenicher)

Apiaceae: Oxypolis rigidior sn (Rb), Pastinaca sativa sn (Rb), Sium suave sn (Rb), Zizia aurea sn (Rb); Liliaceae: Allium canadense sn (Gr); Rosaceae: Crataegus intricata sn (Rb)


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Cycloneda sanguinea

Cycloneda sanguinea is a widespread species of ladybird beetle in the Americas.

Distribution [edit]

Cycloneda sanguinea is the most widespread ladybird beetle in Latin America,[1] with a distribution that ranges from the southern United States to Argentina,[2] and eastward to the Cayman Islands.[3] On the Galápagos Islands, it lives in sympatry with its sister species, Cycloneda galapagensis.[2]

Description [edit]

Cycloneda sanguinea is a large ladybird beetle with red, unspotted elytra (wing covers).[3] Its pupae have the remarkable ability to "bite" potential predators using a device known as a "gin trap".[4]

References [edit]

  1. ^ Charles Leonard Hogue (1993). "Ladybird beetles". Latin American Insects and Entomology. University of California Press. pp. 275–276. ISBN 978-0-520-07849-9. 
  2. ^ a b Stewart Blaine Peck (2006). "Family Coccinellidae. The Ladybird Beetles". The Beetles of the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity (Insecta: Coleoptera). NRC monograph publishing program. NRC Research Press. pp. 200–205. ISBN 978-0-660-19421-9. 
  3. ^ a b R. R. Askew (1994). "Insects of the Cayman Islands". In M. A. Brunt & J. E. Davies. The Cayman Islands: Natural History and Biogeography. Volume 71 of Monographiae Biologicae. Springer. pp. 333–356. ISBN 978-0-7923-2462-1. 
  4. ^ Thomas Eisner, Maria Eisner & Melody Siegler (2005). "Cycloneda sanguinea. A ladybird beetle". Secret Weapons: Defenses of Insects, Spiders, Scorpions, and Other Many-legged Creatures. Harvard University Press. pp. 206–210. ISBN 978-0-674-01882-2. 

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