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The Signate Lady Beetle is a tremendous predator, despite its small size.
Like most Lady Beetles, the Signate Lady Beetle eats many nuisance insects such as aphids, mealybugs and scales (white, cottony or waxy insects that attach to tree stems and leaves). They have voracious appetites and help control pest populations without the use of pesticides.
Scientific Name: Hyperaspis signata
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 5mm (0.16in to 0.20in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.