Propylea (genus - predators)

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Propylea quatuordecimpunctata (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Sandy Rae
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Propylea Mulsant, 1846

This is an important genus of predatory ladybird beetles found mainly in Asia and Europe. Propylea quatuordecimpunctata is native to Europe and has been introduced into North America. The adults and larvae feed on aphids and are commonly found on a variety of crops like cotton, soybean, maize or wheat.

This small genus contains 3 species which are considered importannt as biological control agents of aphids. The adults are 3-5 mm long and mainly coloured yellowish or whitish with rectangular black marks.

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