Lady beetles of Puerto Rico (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)


Lady beetles
Puerto Rico
Zulus barbosi sp. nov.
Dooms ochroderus
Biological control

How to Cite

Segarra-Carmona, A. E., Franqui, R. A., & Pérez-Martínez, H. (2021). Lady beetles of Puerto Rico (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). The Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico, 105, 1–93.


This work presents accounts and illustrations of the lady beetle species reported from Puerto Rico. Fifty-three species are discussed, including rare and uncommon lady beetles occurring on the Puerto Rican archipelago. The work also includes keys for subfamilies and species, the description of a new species (Zilus barbosi sp. nov.), and a redescription of Diomus ochroderus (Mulsant). Brief accounts of the history of coccinellid collections and collectors, and of classical bio-control efforts in Puerto Rico are given, including an annotated list of 24 historical biological control introductions.


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