Eriopis connexa

(Coleoptera, Coccinelidae)

ENGLISH: Eriopis connexa is the most well known Coccinellidae (and perhaps beetle) in this region. All children play with them, kill and eat them in their first years of life. One discover that they are eating the so called chinitas as the adults release a smelly brown fluid. The larvae, a rather ungly thing, eats Aphids. There are a couple of species that live everywhere in the country.

ESPAÑOL: Eriopis connexa o chinita es el coleoptero mejor conocido por los niños del pais, lo colectan, los apretujan, matan y hasta se los comen. Este ultimo hecho lo he descubierto al reconocer el olor a chinitas y un liquido cafe entre sus dedos. Las larvas con aspecto perverso, comen pulgones, o afidos. Hay varias especies en este genero, distribuido en todo el pais.