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Research Project: Productive Cropping Systems Based on Ecological Principles of Pest Management

Location: Integrated Cropping Systems Research

Title: First records of Hippodamia variegata (Goeze) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) for Iowa, U.S.A.

Author
item Hesler, Louis
item Hatfield, M - Retired Non ARS Employee

Submitted to: Insecta Mundi
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/27/2018
Publication Date: 3/30/2018
Citation: Hesler, L.S., Hatfield, M.J. 2018. First records of Hippodamia variegata (Goeze) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) for Iowa, U.S.A. Insecta Mundi. 0617:1-3.

Interpretive Summary: The variegated lady beetle (Hippodamia variegata) is an Old World species that has become established in North America. We report its first record the state of Iowa, U.S.A. The earliest specimen variegated lady beetle from Iowa was collected in 2009, and two subsequent specimens in 2012. Collection records of an advancing, non-native species like variegated lady beetle are important for comparing rates of geographic spread across diverse regions and understanding its invasion dynamics in North America.

Technical Abstract: Hippodamia variegata (Goeze) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), a Palearctic lady beetle that has become established in North America, is reported for the first time from the state of Iowa, U.S.A. The earliest specimen of H. variegata from Iowa was collected in 2009, and two subsequent specimens in 2012. Collection records of an advancing, non-native species like H. variegata are important for determining comparative rates of geographic spread across various regions and understanding its invasion dynamics.