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Ladybirds

Yellow Shouldered Ladybird
(Apolinus lividigaster)
Yellow Shouldered Ladybird
The Yellow Shouldered Ladybird is a small black beetle with a yellow patch on each side of the thorax. Some also have yellow on the head. The wings are covered with fine hairs. The pupae are oval shaped and mostly white with brown markings near each... Click to continue>
Transverse Ladybird
(Coccinella transversalis)
Transverse Ladybird
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... Click to continue>
Variable Ladybird
(Coelophora inaequalis 1)
Variable Ladybird
The Variable Ladybird is a small beetle with four spots on each wing. They are orange or orange-yellow. Usually the spots are quite large blotches, but sometimes the spots are quite small. They are active during the day and adults and larvae can be... Click to continue>
Variable Ladybird narrow striped form
(Coelophora inaequalis 3)
Variable Ladybird narrow striped form
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. Click to continue>
Variable Ladybird striped form
(Coelophora inaequalis 2)
Variable Ladybird striped form
Variable Ladybirds usually have four wing spots, but some forms have two black bars on the wings. They also have a black stripe along back where wing covers meet. Click to continue>
Mealybug Ladybird
(Cryptolaemus montrouzieri)
Mealybug Ladybird
The adults are greenish black with reddish brown head and thorax, and the rear end of the abdomen is also reddish brown. The body is covered in short fine hairs. The larvae are white and resemble the white mealy bugs they feed on. The eggs are... Click to continue>
Steelblue Ladybird
(Halmus chalybeus)
Steelblue Ladybird
The Steelblue Ladybird is a small hemisphere shaped ladybird. It is dark metallic blue in colour. This ladybird is an important predator of pests in citrus plantations in Australia, and was introduced into New Zealand as a biological control for... Click to continue>
Common Spotted Ladybird
(Harmonia conformis)
Common Spotted Ladybird
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... Click to continue>
Tortoise-shelled Ladybird
(Harmonia testudinaria)
Tortoise-shelled Ladybird
The Tortoise-shelled Ladybird is an average sized yellow ladybird with stripes along and across the body in a net pattern. It has two black stripes running from the eyes to the wing covers. The Larvae are brownish with some creamy markings. The pupa... Click to continue>
Twenty Eight Spot Ladybird
(Henosepilachna vigintioctopunctata)
Twenty Eight Spot Ladybird
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... Click to continue>
Fungus-eating Ladybird
(Illeis galbula)
Fungus-eating Ladybird
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... Click to continue>
Striped Ladybird
(Micraspis frenata)
Striped Ladybird
Striped Ladybirds are medium sized orange ladybirds with three black stripes on their back. They can be found on tall grasses and weeds. The larva are dull brown with white spots, and black head and fairly long black legs. Click to continue>


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