Coccinellidae (predators - ladybird beetles)

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Transverse Ladybird (Coccinella transversalis)
Author: J.J. Harrison
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Marienkäfer
• English: ladybird beetles
• Español: coccinélidos
• Français: coccinellidés

Coccinellidae (predators - ladybird beetles)

Ladybird beetles are often used as biological control agents, e.g. against aphids, scales and mealybugs. On the other side, the mass release of several species has resulted in negative effects on the environment.

The family includes more than 5,000, usually colourful and hemispherical species. The head is partly concealed by the pronotum. Many species contain toxic alkaloids as defence against predators and the bright colours are warning signals for potential predators.

Several species of Coccinellidae are plant pests. For this group see the page Coccinellidae (plant pests).

For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.

The following genera and individual species are currently entered under Coccinellidae (predators):