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  Variable Ladybird narrow striped form (Coelophora inaequalis 3)





Variable Ladybird narrow striped form | Coelophora inaequalis 3 photo
This ladybird was found on raft of floating vegetation after being washed into a creek during heavy rain.

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Variable Ladybird narrow striped form | Coelophora inaequalis 3 photo
Soggy ladybirds and a snail rescued from creek after being washed in during heavy rain.

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Variable Ladybird narrow striped form | Coelophora inaequalis 3 photo
Ladybird larva found in same creek - no idea if it is the same species as the adults in the previous shots but it is a possibility. Does anyone recognise the species?

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Variable Ladybird narrow striped form | Coelophora inaequalis 3 photo
Variable Ladybirds have a number of colour and pattern variations. Some have blotches, some are spotted and some are striped.

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
Yet another colour and pattern variation of the Variable Ladybird. This ladybird is orange with three black stripes along the length of the body - one down each wing cover and one down the centre where wing covers meet.

Size
5mm

Habitat
since it was found washed into a creek, presumably it inhabits vegetation on creek banks

Food
aphids



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Coccinellidae
Genus:Coelophora
Species:inaequalis 3
Common Name:Variable Ladybird narrow striped form

Relatives in same Genus
  Variable Ladybird (C. inaequalis 1)
  Variable Ladybird striped form (C. inaequalis 2)