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Title: Redescription Anovia circumclusa (Gorham)(Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Noviini)of first description of the egg, larva, and pupa, and notes on intraspecific color variation

Author
item FORRESTER, JUANITA
item Vandenberg, Natalia
item MCHUGH, JOSEPH

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/18/2009
Publication Date: 4/20/2009
Citation: Forrester, J.A., Vandenberg, N.J., Mchugh, J.V. 2009. Redescription Anovia circumclusa (Gorham)(Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Noviini)of first description of the egg, larva, and pupa, and notes on intraspecific color variation. Zootaxa. 2112:25-40.

Interpretive Summary: Lady beetles are important predators of agricultural, garden and forest pests. A neotropical lady beetle was recently recorded for the first time in Florida feeding on an adventive scale pest of vegetables and ornamental plants. This paper provides the first description of the egg, larval, and pupal stages, and a redescription of the adult stage of the beetle. This work will aid agriculturalists, biological control practitioners, and ecologists in recognizing the lady beetle and assessing its role as a beneficial predator of the scale.

Technical Abstract: Anovia circumclusa (Gorham), a neotropical lady beetle, recently was recorded in North America for the first time. Only the adult form of this beneficial predator has been described. This paper provides a redescription of the adult and the first descriptions of the egg, pupa, and larval stages. Diagnostic characters for the genus and species are given, and intraspecific color variation in Anovia adults is discussed.