Adalia (beetle)

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Coccinella bipunctata detail.jpg
Adalia bipunctata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Subfamily: Coccinellinae
Tribe: Coccinellini
Genus: Adalia
Mulsant, 1850

A. bipunctata
A. decempunctata

Adalia is a genus of ladybugs in the family Coccinellidae. It contains only two species, A. bipunctata and A. decempunctata.[1]

Ecology and biogeography[edit]

Adalia bipunctata is present in Europe, Asia, North America and New Zealand.

The two species are predominantly aphidophagous, but also show cannibalism and predate other ladybirds.

Adalia species are subject to parasitism by male-killing bacteria Invasion of one insect species, A. bipunctata, by two different male-killing bacteria, phorid and degeerid flies, as well as sexually transmitted Coccipolipus hippodamiae mites.

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