- Chilocorini Ladybirds feed on different type of scale
insects. They are shiny colour and usually have no spots nor patterns
on their wing covers. Their body is in round helmet shape. They are
small to medium in size (2-8mm). Look at the beetle from side view, the
head, thorax and wing-covers form a smooth hemisphere. The clubbed antenna are
short and usually hided under head if disturbed.
- Red Chilocorus, Armoured Scale Predator
- Chilocorus circumdatus, larva length 6mm, adult length
- This small ladybird was found on a Citrus tree near Bulimba Creek in early
summer. The ladybird was bright orange in colour with dark edges on the wing-cover
base. They are known to be the predators of scale insects.
Click here for more pictures and information.
- Steelblue Ladybird
- Halmus chalybeus, larva length 6mm, adult length 3mm
- This ladybird is small in size. The wing covers are shiny dark green in
colour. We sometimes find them hunting the Cowpea Aphids
on our hibiscus plants. They also feed on different type of scale
insects. More pictures and information please click here.
- Orcus australasiae (synonym Parapriasus australasiae), body length 5mm
- We found this ladybird on a Citrus plant in Mt Coot-tha Botanic Garden on
early Summer. Dan Papacek (Bugs
for Bugs) kindly sent us email advised that this ladybird is probably the Parapriasus
australasiae. This species seems to feed readily on the soft scale insects
such as Black Scale Saissetia oleae and the close relatives. Please
click on here for more information and
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 658.
- 2. Australian Ladybird Beetles
(Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) Their biology and
classification - A.Ślipiński, Australian Biological Resources,
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