Rodolia cardinalis (predator)

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Rodolia cardinalis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Natasha Wright, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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Rodolia cardinalis (predator) Mulsant - (cardinal ladybird or vedalia beetle)

This coccinellid was the first introduction of a natural enemy into the United States (against the Australian fluted scale, Icerya purchasi). It was subsequently also introduced against the same pest in other countries (e.g. in Italy in 1901).