An extensive survey of lady beetles (Coccinellidae) predatory on Melanaphis sacchari (Zehntner) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) was conducted in cultivated sorghum in seven states in Mexico. In total, 495 specimens belonging to 12 species, 10 genera, six tribes, and three subfamilies were collected: Brachiacantha decora Casey, Coccinella septempunctata (Linnaeus), Coleomegilla maculata lengi Timberlake, Cycloneda sanguinea sanguinea (Linnaeus), Diomus roseicollis (Mulsant), Diomus terminatus (Say), Exochomus childreni guexi LeConte, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), Hippodamia convergens Guérin-Méneville, Olla v-nigrum (Mulsant), Scymnus (Pullus) dozieri Gordon, and Scymnus (Pullus) loewii Mulsant. The subspecies E. childreni guexi is recorded for the first time as a predator of M. sacchari. A brief diagnosis and photographs are provided for all 12 species. COI sequences were submitted to BOLD and GenBank for nine species.
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