Rhyzobius lophanthae (predator)

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Rhyzobius lophanthae (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Mike Quinn
Source: BugGuide

Rhyzobius lophanthae (predator) (Blaisdell, 1892) - (purple scale predator)

This small ladybird beetle is widely distributed and an efficient predator of armoured scale insects. It has been often introduced as part of a classical biological control program. In some countries it is commercially produced. The adults are around 2-2½ mm long.

Synonyms:
Lindorus lophanthae
Rhizobius lophanthae