Hyperaspis information pages are complete…finally!

Genus Hyperaspis is one of the largest in North America – there are 32 species in the east alone – but consists of very tiny beetles, none more than 5 mm long. I’ve finally finished all 32 species pages, most with information only, but 8 have full-color illustrations. They are some of the most beautiful, colorful lady beetles, and it’s a shame they’re so small! Here are just a few – click on the image for a full species page:

Bolter's Lady Beetle, Hyperaspis bolteri

Bolter's Lady Beetle, Hyperaspis bolteri

Connected Lady Beetle, Hyperaspis connectens

Connected Lady Beetle, Hyperaspis connectens

Undulate Lady Beetle, Hyperaspis undulata

Undulate Lady Beetle, Hyperaspis undulata

Hyperaspis species are aphid and scale predators, but they probably also consume other small, soft-bodied insects and insect eggs. They are extremely similar to genus Brachiacantha, but lack the distinctive foreleg spurs of that genus. (You need a magnifying glass to see the difference, but it’s a surefire way to tell them apart!)

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