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Ladybug Beetles

Striped one: Myzia sp. (not yet described), Plain one: Neopalla hydropica

Description:

Two different species of Coccinellid beetles mating! I suppose it can happen, but the union might be sterile?

Habitat:

Garden, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Semi-urban area.

Notes:

The striped one seems to be a species of Myzia, as yet undescribed: http://bugguide.net/node/view/305365. The plain one is Neopalla hydropica, rarely seen. The Myzia species is not a match on the BugGuide link.

2 Species ID Suggestions

injica
injica 8 years ago
Zebra Ladybug (the one above:) )
Oedioychus zebratus (Illinger)
Neopalla hydropica
Neopalla hydropica


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14 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Thank you Noveira, sorry I didn't see your comments sooner. You are welcome to use my pictures.

Noveira_Starsong
Noveira_Starsong 5 years ago

The lower species is Neopalla hydropica which is remarkable because I've never seen photos of this species before. The upper is very like Myzia, but not a described species that I am aware of.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Luis and Mayra! :))

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Lovely!!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

Good find!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you injica. I'm not sure about these two guys yet and can't find any similar to either one. Oedioychus zebratus that you mention is a Chrysomelid and the Cycloneda doesn't have the right thoracic markings. Ladybugs are so variable that it is really difficult to match them sometimes. It is so good of you to be helping me.

injica
injica 8 years ago

Here is a potential help for the one without stripes, but I'm not sure if it lives in your area: Cycloneda sanguinea limbifer , http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxonimage/id147...

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you injica, this one really is weird, isn't it. Don't know what they are hoping for.

injica
injica 8 years ago

Great and inter-species intercourse :D crazy wild world! You have some really really interesting photos- definitely leave an ever present feeling of WOW!

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

In Australia we have a variable species that has some really diverse colors and markings (http://www.ozanimals.com/Insect/Variable...). Could this be something similar?

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

As an entomologist, you may have a theory Lauren. Do you suppose mating is triggered by pheromones or colors? Maybe he's not mating but just climbng? I love his pajamas.

smcrenshaw
smcrenshaw 9 years ago

I had no idea ladybugs could look so different! Great spotting.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Nice spotting and nice color!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

wow what a cool different kind of spotting :)

LaurenZarate
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LaurenZarate

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Jun 16, 2008
Submitted on Aug 30, 2012

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