First Report of Polymorphism of Hippodamia variegata ‎‎(Goeze) (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae) in the Coastal Area of ‎Syria (Latakia Governorate)‎

Mohammad Ahmad(1) Majeda Mohammed Mofleh(2) and Hiba Makhlouf*(3)

(1). Department of Plant protection, Faculty of Agriculture. Tishreen University, Latakia,
(2). General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research (GCSAR). Damascus, Syria.
(3). Scientific Agricultural Research Center in Latakia, (GCSAR). Damascus, Syria.
(*Corresponding author: Eng. Hiba Makhlouf. E-Mail:

Received: 25/04/2020                               Accepted: 05/06/2020


In this study, various morphological patterns of Hippodamia variegata (Goeze, 1777)(Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) were identified. Adult specimens were collected from various places of the Syrian coastal area, in Lattakia governorate, and reared in the laboratory at different temperatures (15, 20, 25, 30 and 35)˚C during the period 2014-2016. Different colorations were noted in various forms on the elytron. The number of patches located on the elytron was variable and ranged from 3 to 7 spots. Depending on the number, size and shape of these spots, 37 morphs of H. variegata were identified.

Key words: Coleoptera, Coccinellidae, Hippodamia variegata, Lattakia, Polymorphism, Syria.

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