Coccinella Linnaeus, 1758: 364. TS: Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus, 1758.
Coccinella is similar to Adalia sharing straight, non emarginate anterior margin of mesoventrite and female genital track with tube-like sclerotised infundibulum. Coccinella differs from Adalia having abdominal postcoxal line not recurved and with oblique dividing line.
Length 4-8.5 mm. Elytra weakly convex; winged, glabrous. Elytral colour pattern, constant, uniformly orange with black spots or transverse markings. Head with anterior clypeal border straight between lateral projections. Antenna 11-segmented; slightly shorter than head capsule with compact 3-segmented club. Terminal maxillary palpomere strongly securiform. Pronotal disc evenly convex transversely; lateral margins narrowly margined within upturned external borders. Prothoracic hypomeron without fovea near anterior angles; prosternal process with distinct carinae extenfing forward. Anterior margin of mesoventrite straight and entirely bordered. Elytral margin with thickened margins; epipleuron not foveate. Tibial spurs formula 0-2-2. Abdominal postcoxal line not recurved and incomplete laterally with oblique additional line. Male terminalia. Parameres and phallobase symmetrical; penis guide symmetrical. Parameres articulated with phallobase. Penis stout, consisting of single sclerite; basal capsule distinct and T-shaped. Apodeme of male sternum 9 very narrow and rod-like. Female terminalia. Coxities club-handle like; styli terminal, well developed, with apical setae; infundibulum tube-like, enclosing the sperm duct; sperm duct simple, uniform in diameter. Spermatheca distinctly curved with cornu and basal ramus and nodulus; spermathecal accessory gland adjacent to sperm duct.
Distribution and Biology
This is a cosmopolitan genus with most of the 70 recognised species recorded from the Holarctic Region. Two species occur in Australia: C. undecimpunctata was introduced from Europe and is restricted to Western Australia and Tasmania, and C. transversalis is a widespread Oriental and Australian species, and is the most common ladybird species in Australia. All species are aphid predators supplementing diets with pollen and other small invertebrates.
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Slipinski, S.A. 2007. Australian Ladybird Beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) their biology and classification. ABRS, Canberra. 286 pp.
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