alexa Morphological Variation in the Ladybird Beetles (Coleop
ISSN: 2161-0983

Entomology, Ornithology & Herpetology: Current Research
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Research Article

Morphological Variation in the Ladybird Beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) Abdominal Segments in Ventral View

SK. M. Rahaman* and T. Aniszewski

Department of Biology, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus, 80110 Finland

*Corresponding Author:
SK. M. Rahaman
Department of Biology, University of Eastern Finland
Joensuu Campus, 80110 Finland
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: August 08, 2015; Accepted date: August 15, 2015; Published date: August 21, 2015

Citation: Rahaman SKM, Aniszewski T (2015) Morphological Variation in the Ladybird Beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) Abdominal Segments in Ventral View. Entomol Ornithol Herpetol 4:161. doi: 10.4172/2161-0983.1000161

Copyright: © 2015 Rahaman SKM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Ladybird beetles abdomen consists 1st to 8th or 1st to 9th segments where is 1st, 2nd and 3rd segments are invisible. Only 4th to 8th in the male or 4th to 9th in the female ventral segments is clearly visible in the ladybird beetles abdomen. Sixteen experimental ladybird species first abdominal segment is well evaluated and significantly different, which was studied and resulted in the collection of total of 365 specimens. Abdominal shape, size and color are representing strong morphological characters in different species of Coccinellids. Abdominal segments morphological variation can appear to be associated with industrial pollution, behavioral diversity and climatic factors. In their behavioral activity abdomens shape, size, color and hairs may carry seasonal variation for finding odors, meeting a partner and honeydew in their host-plant for complete reproduction. Finally, the abdominal segments character can be used for ladybird beetle species identification.


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