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Cybocephalus cf. nipponicus
Tiny and shiny dark brown beetle, about 2-3mm. Cybocephalus nipponicus (Endrödy-Younga, 1971) (Coleoptera: family Nitidulidae) is called the Scale Picnic Beetle. Cybocephalus is a genus of a minute predatory beetle, usually placed in the Nitidulidae as a subfamily, Cybocephalinae, but which resemble tiny Coccinellidae in having a convex body form with elytra extending to near the end of the abdomen. The Cybocephalus species are predators of scale insects (principally Diaspididae) and whiteflies and are utilized occasionally in biological control programs. http://wiki.bugwood.org/Cybocephalus_nip..., http://www.nhm.ac.uk/resources/research-....
Spotted on a lemongrass leaf, garden in Biñan Laguna, Philippines.
Classification: Arthropods (Arthropoda) » Insects (Insecta) » Beetles (Coleoptera) » Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles (Polyphaga) » Cucujoidea » Sap-feeding Beetles (Nitidulidae) » Cybocephalinae » Cybocephalus » Cybocephalus nipponicus. http://bugguide.net/node/view/251834. My spotting also looks a lot like Shining Flower Beetles (Phalacridae) » Olibrus, http://bugguide.net/node/view/725598/bgi.... However, I could not find any literature of Olibrus' distribution in my region. I also first IDd this as Minute Hooded Beetle (family Corylophidae, genus Holopsis), http://bugguide.net/node/view/37509/bgim..., but could not find anything in the net reported in my region.