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This small (length 3.7 - 5.7mm), pretty, native ladybug earns its common name, "polished ladybug" with spotless, convex, and shiny elytra. There are three North American Cycloneda species, distingushed largely by geographical range and details of the pronotum. Of the three, Cycloneda munda is found in the east, and has white lateral "C" shaped markings on black pronotal background. In regions where C. munda overlaps with C. sanguinea, the two species can be distinguished by the separated white "eyespot" on C. sanguinea pronotum.C.saguinea. Cycloneda munda tends to be more orange than the redder C. polita, with similar pronotum. But these two species remain separated by the Rocky Mountains. Male and female Cycloneda munda can be externally determined. Males have all white faces. Females faces have dark centers.
According to the information on the Lost Ladybug site, this particular specimen is a male.
Spotted on Jun 13, 2014
Submitted on Dec 16, 2016