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  Common Spotted Ladybird (Harmonia conformis)





Common Spotted Ladybird | Harmonia conformis photo
Harmonia conformis, Aranda, ACT

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Common Spotted Ladybird | Harmonia conformis photo
Larva of Common Spotted Ladybird

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Common Spotted Ladybird is a medium sized orange ladybird. It has 23 large black spots on the wing covers. The larvae is black when they hatch and go through four stages of development (instars) before pupating. The larvae have two yellow bands round the abdomen after the second instar.

Size
8mm

Habitat
common in gardens

Food
Both adults and larvae eat small insects such as aphids, scale insects and mites.

Breeding
Common Spotted Ladybirds lay eggs on food plants. The eggs hatch into carnivorous larvae, then pupate into oval pupae before hatching out as adults.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Coccinellidae
Genus:Harmonia
Species:conformis
Common Name:Common Spotted Ladybird

Relatives in same Genus
  Tortoise-shelled Ladybird (H. testudinaria)