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Chilocorus similis

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Cucujiformia
Superfamilia: Coccinelloidea

Familia: Coccinellidae
Subfamilia: Coccinellinae
Tribus: Chilocorini
Genus: Chilocorus
Species: Chilocorus similis

Chilocorus similis (Rossi, 1790)

Original combination: Coccinella similis Rossi, 1790: 68


Chilocorus similis var. inornatus Weise, 1887: 211

Primary references

Rossi, P. 1790. Fauna Etrusca sistens insecta quae in provinciis Florentina et Pisana praesertim collegit. Vol. 1. 272 pp. Liburni: Thomae Masi & Sociorum. BHL Reference page.

Additional references

Weise, J. 1887. Neue sibirische Chrysomeliden und Coccinelliden nebst Bemerkungen über früher beschriebene Arten. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 53(1): 164–214. BHL. Reference page.
Marlatt, C.L., August 1904. The Discovery of the Native Home of the San Jose Scale in Eastern China and the Importation of Its Natural Enemy. Popular Science 65: 306–317. Wikisource
Zicha, Ondřej et al. Chilocorus similis – Taxon details on Biological Library (BioLib).
Chilocorus similis Taxon details on Fauna Europaea

Chilocorus similis is a species of red-spotted lady beetles belonging to the family Coccinellidae, subfamily Chilocorinae.

This beetle is an endemic Italian species, present in Italian mainland. It preys on scale insects living on Euonymus species. The elytra are brown-black, with two reddish round sposts. It measures about 3–5 millimetres (1⁄8–3⁄16 in) long. This lady beetle was deliberately introduced to the United States by Marlatt in 1902 to control the San Jose Scale, an early example of biocontrol.[1]

Sumner, Daniel A.; Buck, Jr., Frank H. (2003). Exotic Pests and Diseases: Biology and Economics for Biosecurity. Ames, Iowa, US: Iowa State Press. pp. 63/ix+265. ISBN 978-0-470-29012-5. OCLC 212121111.
Marlatt, Charles Lester (August 1902). "The Discovery of the Native Home of the San Jose Scale in Eastern China and the Importation of its Natural Enemy". Popular Science Monthly (65).

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