Nephus (genus - predators)

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Nephus quadrimaculatus (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Gilles San Martin
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Nephus Mulsant, 1846

The genus Nephus is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions and contains small lady beetles, often less than 2 mm long. They feed mainly on mealybugs. Several species are regarded as important natural enemies of small insect pests like Nephus includens.

Nephus is similar to the genus Scymnus in morphology, colouration and size. However, the species lack the prosternal carinae. Like in Scymnus, the colour of Nephus species is often black with a few red or orange spots.


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: