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New on Featured Creatures! Ladybird beetles – recent immigrants to Florida. By Thomas and Blanchard.

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Since the publication of the Florida beetles checklist (Peck and Thomas 1998), a number of ladybird beetles have become established in the state, some well-known and extensively documented (e.g., Harmonia axyridis Pallas and Anovia circumclusa (Gorham)) and some little noticed and previously unreported. It is these latter species that are covered in this publication. All of the listed species are represented by voucher specimens in the Florida State Collection of Arthropods (FSCA).

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A new ladybird beetle collected in Florida. Photograph by Michael C. Thomas.

Authors: Michael C. Thomas and Orland J. Blanchard, Jr., Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.

Available at: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/lady_beetles_new_to_fl.htm