Scymnus (genus - predators)

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Scymnus suturalis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Gilles San Martin
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Scymnus Kugelann, 1794

The genus Scymnus has a world-wide distribution and contains small dark ladybugs, sometimes with reddish or orange markings. The larvae are greyish and covered with wax filaments. The species feed on aphids, adelgids and scales and several are considered natural enemies of insect pests.

The adults are 1-3 mm long. The antennae are shorter than the head and have 11 or 10 segments with a 3-segmented terminal club. Identification of the individual species usually requires the dissection of the genitalia.

Type species: Scymnus nigrinus


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