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  Fungus-eating Ladybird (Illeis galbula)





Fungus-eating Ladybird | Illeis galbula photo
Fungus-eating Ladybird

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Fungus-eating Ladybird | Illeis galbula photo
Fungus-eating Ladybird

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Fungus-eating Ladybird is bright yellow with black markings. It is active during the day and fast moving. It drops to the ground or takes flight readily when disturbed. The larvae are creamy white with rows of black dots on their back. The pupa are also white with rows of black dots.

Size
5mm. Larvae 8mm - 10mm

Habitat
plants infected with fungus

Food
Adults and larvae feed on fungus and black mold on leaves.

Breeding
Fungus-eating Ladybirds lay eggs on food plants. The eggs hatch into larvae, then pupate into oval pupae before hatching out as adults.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Coccinellidae
Genus:Illeis
Species:galbula
Common Name:Fungus-eating Ladybird