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Last updated 08/15/2005
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Coccinellidae - Ladybird beetles
Ladybirds are among the best known and best-loved beetles. As predators of plant feeding insects, especially aphids and other homopterans, many species have been great allies in the fight against agricultural pests. This has led to many ladybirds being introduced outside their native ranges. Nearly one third of California's 180 ladybirds have been introduced from elsewhere.
Nineteen species of ladybirds have been found at Coal Oil Point. Most of these are native, and most are also widespread species. Unlike most beetle families, there don't appear to be any species restricted to coastal habitats.