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  Twenty Eight Spot Ladybird (Henosepilachna vigintioctopunctata)





Twenty Eight Spot Ladybird | Henosepilachna vigintioctopunctata photo
The Twenty Eight Spot Ladybird is a leaf eater

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Twenty Eight Spot Ladybird | Henosepilachna vigintioctopunctata photo
The Twenty Eight Spot Ladybird has 13 spots on each wing

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



INSECT FACTS

Identification
Most ladybirds are beneficial to the garden, but Twenty Eight Spot Ladybirds can be leaf eating pests. They are orange with 13 black spots on each wing cover. ( That only makes 26 spots - so where are the other two spots? - there seem to be more than two on the thorax?) They are fairly large ladybirds The larvae are yellow with stiff dark hairs

Size
8mm

Food
These ladybirds are common pests of plants in the Solanaceae family (Potatoes, tomatoes etc.) such as potatoes and eggplants, but also attack pumpkins, rock melons and other vegetable crops.

Breeding
Twenty Eight Spot Ladybirds lay a cluster of tall pointed yellow eggs on the underside of a leaf of a food plant. The larvae pupate on the underside of a leaf.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Coccinellidae
Genus:Henosepilachna
Species:vigintioctopunctata
Common Name:Twenty Eight Spot Ladybird