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  Transverse Ladybird (Coccinella transversalis)





Transverse Ladybird | Coccinella transversalis photo
The Transverse Ladybird has V-shaped markings

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Transverse Ladybird | Coccinella transversalis photo
Transverse Ladybird

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Transverse Ladybird | Coccinella transversalis photo
Adult Transverse Ladybird

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Transverse Ladybird | Coccinella transversalis photo
Transverse Ladybird on milkweed plant with milkweed aphids.

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TRANSVERSE LADYBIRD FACTS

Identification
The Transverse ladybirds is bright orange-red in colour with black markings on their back. There is a dark strip down the centre where the wings meet, and prominent V-shaped markings on each side. They are active during the day and adults and larvae can be found living on the same food plants.

Size
5mm

Habitat
plants that attract aphids and other insect prey

Food
adults and larvae eat soft-bodied insects, such as aphids.

Breeding
Transverse 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:Coccinella
Species:transversalis
Common Name:Transverse Ladybird