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Coleomegilla maculata
(beetle, Spotted ladybird)



Coleomegilla maculata (beetle, Spotted ladybird)


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  • 25 November 2019
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  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Coleomegilla maculata
  • Preferred Common Name
  • beetle, Spotted ladybird
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Coleomegilla maculata DeGeer

Preferred Common Name

  • beetle, Spotted ladybird

Other Scientific Names

  • Ceratomegilla maculata DeGeer
  • Ceratomegilla maculata lengi Timberlake
  • Coccinella maculata DeGeer
  • Coleomegilla floridana LENG
  • Coleomegilla fuscilabris
  • Coleomegilla lengi TIMB.
  • Coleomegilla maculata lengi Timberlake
  • Megilla maculata DeGeer

EPPO code

  • COLGFU (Coleomegilla maculata)
  • COLGMA (Coleomegilla maculata)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Coleoptera
  •                         Family: Coccinellidae
  •                             Genus: Coleomegilla
  •                                 Species: Coleomegilla maculata

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 15 Dec 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes




Federal Republic of YugoslaviaPresent
Serbia and MontenegroPresent

North America

Trinidad and TobagoPresent
United StatesPresent
-New JerseyPresent
-New YorkPresent
-North CarolinaPresent
-South CarolinaPresent
-South DakotaPresent

South America

-Sao PauloPresent
ChilePresentIntroducedEstablishment uncertain

Natural enemy of

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SpeciesStages attackedCountries where known to occurReferences
Acyrthosiphon kondoiAdults/Nymphs
Acyrthosiphon pisumAdults/Adults/Nymphs/Nymphs
Aphis gossypii
Chrysomela scripta
Epilachna varivestis
Helicoverpa zea
Heliothis virescensEggs
Hypera postica
Leptinotarsa decemlineata
Metopolophium dirhodumAdults/Nymphs
Monellia caryellaAdults/Eggs/Nymphs
Monelliopsis pecanisEggs
Myzus persicaeAdults/Nymphs
Ostrinia nubilalisEggs/Larvae
Pyrrhalta luteola
Rhopalosiphum maidisAdults/Eggs/Nymphs
Rhopalosiphum padiAdults/Eggs/Nymphs
Schizaphis graminumAdults/Eggs/Larvae/Nymphs/Pupae
Sitobion avenaeAdults/Nymphs
Thrips palmiLarvae


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Greathead DJ; Greathead AH, 1992. Biological control of insect pests by insect parasitoids and predators: the BIOCAT database. Biocontrol News and Information, 13(4):61N-68N.

Schotman CYL, 1989. Plant pests of quarantine importance to the Caribbean. RLAC-PROVEG, No. 21:80 pp.

Distribution References

Andow D A, Risch S J, 1985. Predation in diversified agroecosystems: relations between a coccinellid predator Coleomegilla maculata and its food. Journal of Applied Ecology. 22 (2), 357-372. DOI:10.2307/2403170

Benton A H, Crump A J, 1979. Observations on aggregation and overwintering in the coccinellid beetle Coleomegilla maculata (DeGeer). Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 87 (2), 154-159.

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Cottrell T E, Yeargan K V, 1998. Effect of pollen on Coleomegilla maculata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) population density, predation, and cannibalism in sweet corn. Environmental Entomology. 27 (6), 1402-1410. DOI:10.1093/ee/27.6.1402

Giroux S, Duchesne R M, Coderre D, 1995. Predation of Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) by Coleomegilla maculata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae): comparative effectiveness of predator developmental stages and effect of temperature. Environmental Entomology. 24 (3), 748-754. DOI:10.1093/ee/24.3.748

Greathead D J, Greathead A H, 1992. Biological control of insect pests by insect parasitoids and predators: the BIOCAT database. Biocontrol News and Information. 13 (4), 61N-68N.

Hazzard R V, Ferro D N, 1991. Feeding responses of adult Coleomegilla maculata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) to eggs of Colorado potato beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and green peach aphids (Homoptera: Aphididae). Environmental Entomology. 20 (2), 644-651. DOI:10.1093/ee/20.2.644

Santos-Cividanes T M, Anjos A C R dos, Cividanes F J, Dias P C, 2011. Effects of food deprivation on the development of Coleomegilla maculata (De Geer) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Neotropical Entomology. 40 (1), 112-116. DOI:10.1590/S1519-566X2011000100017

Schotman C Y L, 1989. Plant pests of quarantine importance to the Caribbean. In: RLAC-PROVEG, 80 pp.

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