Hyperaspis binotata © Tom Murray

Hyperaspis binotata © Tom Murray

Hyperaspis binotata © Tom Murray

Hyperaspis binotata is native to North America. Each wing cover is black with a large reddish-orange spot.

Status

Native

Ranked as “Apparently Secure” in Ontario. Hyperaspis binotata has not been ranked in the United States and does not have a global status.

Last Seen

2017

Fun Fact

Hyperaspis binotata is a widespread species, however it can be difficult to identify.

Identification

Hyperaspis binotata is 2.4 to 4.5 mm in length.

Habitat

Arboreal, typically found in wooded ecosystems. Has also been found in meadows and gardens.

General Range

Eastern North America into southern Canada. The whole eastern coast, west to the Dakotas through Texas.

Food

Hyperaspis binotata primarily feed on wide variety of scale insects that occur on hardwoods and conifers. Hyperaspis binotata is a voracious scale insect predator, and can greatly reduce heavy scale insect infestations. Additionally, Hyperaspis binotata feeds on honeydew, aphids, aphid eggs, and mealy bugs.

Life History

Hyperaspis binotata overwinters at the base of infested trees where they feed. Beetles begin emerging from hibernation around mid-April, and disperse to look for food and breed. Eggs are typically laid in groups of around 4 on the bark of trees. Most eggs are laid between May and June, however adults will continue to sporadically lay eggs until September. Adult beetles will consume their own eggs if food is scarce. Eggs hatch after 6 to 8 days, and larvae begin to pupate between 17 and 23 days after hatching. The pupal stage lasts for 10 to 13 days, after which the adults begin to emerge. Hyperaspis binotata can be found with relative consistency from April through September.

More Information

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Vermont Distribution

Visit the iNaturalist Observation Map and Occurrence Records to find out where Hyperaspis binotata has been seen in Vermont.