Location: Integrated Cropping Systems ResearchTitle: Re-defining the known geographical distribution of Coleomegilla maculata lengi
|BRUST, MATHEW - Chadron State College|
|BARTLETT, PAMELA - South Dakota State University|
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/4/2017
Publication Date: 3/20/2018
Citation: Hesler, L.S., Brust, M.L., Bartlett, P.B. 2018. Re-defining the known geographical distribution of Coleomegilla maculata lengi [abstract]. North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Madison WI, March 18-21, 2018.
Technical Abstract: Coleomegilla maculata lengi (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) is native to the eastern half of the United States. However, we recently collected several individuals of this lady beetle from =250 km beyond the western edge of its reputed range. We hypothesized that new records could indicate either that previous range characterization failed to include pre-existing collection records further west, or alternatively, that C. maculata lengi has recently expanded its geographic range. In order to test these hypotheses, we searched several institutional insect-collection databases for records of C. maculata lengi outside of its putative geographic range. We found many earlier records of C. maculata lengi beyond its reputed geographic range, and report those records here. Accordingly, the records establish that previous range characterization.substantially underestimated the geographic distribution of C. maculata lengi in North America.