AppearanceThe beetle is completely black above, with only the pronotum laterally, mouthparts, legs and venter orange-brown.
NamingThere is and has been much debate on the generic naming of "Exochomus" sensu lato, with some species historically being moved forth and back between Exochomus and Brumus. Lately some authors, mostly eastern European, place nigromaculatus in the genus Paraexochomus, but many sources and books do not follow, or are not updated yet, so for the most part the beetle is (still?) referred to as an Exochomus.
Some vernacular names are: Dutch: "Zwart lieveheersbeestje"; French: "Coccinelle noire"; German: "Schwarzer Schildlaus-Marienkäfer".
DistributionIt has a broad distribution range in the southern Palearctic, including central Europe (but not Scandinavia) and excluding northern Africa. It has been confused historically (at the southern limits of its distribution range) with the similar African species (Para)Exochomus flavipes, so that many old records would need to be re-evaluated and not taken at face value.
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