- The Coccinellin ladybirds are medium to large size ladybirds (3-12mm) that
with smooth and shiny wings cover and often
have bright spots. They feed on thrips, aphids
and other small insects. Some species feed on fungi.
- Transverse Ladybird
- Coccinella transversalis, larva length 7mm, adult length
- Transverse ladybirds are common in Brisbane. They active during the day
and both adults and larvae are predators of soft-bodied insects such as
aphids. Both adults and larvae can be found on the same plants. For
more information and pictures please click on here.
- Variable Ladybird 1
- Coelophora inaequalis, larva length 7mm, adult length 5-6mm
- For every colony of Milkweed
Aphids that we found, we saw at least one of these ladybirds hiding
somewhere nearby. The ladybirds are bright orange in colour with four
various patterned black dot on each wing-cover. There is a black line at the
meeting edges of the two wing-covers. The patterns are a bit different from
individual. More information and pictures can be found on the Variable
- Variable Ladybird 2
- ? Coelophora inaequalis, adult length 5-6mm
- We do not think this bend-patterned ladybird is a Variable Ladybird
(species above).......... until
we saw the mating couple (first picture). However, we found the ladybird with
this pattern from time to time, and the pattern is constant and not
variable. We started to think it may not us who made the mistake. It may be the male ladybird
who made the mistake. More information and pictures please check here.
- Variable Ladybird 3
- ? Coelophora inaequalis, adult length 5-6mm
- The ladybirds are bright orange-yellow in
colour with total 9 black dost on wing-covers. . The reference
suggested that they are the Variable Ladybirds. However,
they looked quite different and we did not find them together with the Variable Ladybirds.
Please also click on here for more information.
- Common Spotted Ladybird
- Harmonia conformis, larva length 10mm, adult length 6-8mm
- The Common Spotted Ladybird Beetles are medium in size. They are bright
orange in colour with 23 black dots on its wing-covers. They can easily be found
hunting for aphids on the hibiscus plants in our backyard during early
summer. We have more
information and pictures on this page.
- Three-banded Ladybird, Maculate Ladybird
- Harmonia octomaculata, body length 8mm
- This ladybird is the largest we ever seen. They are orange in colour with
eleven black spots, forming three bands, on their wing- covers. We found
them hunting the aphids among the Milkweed plants during mid summer. More pictures and
information please visit this page.
- Netty Ladybird
- Harmonia testudinaria Larva length 6mm, adult length 6mm
- This ladybird is lemon yellow in colour. There are the black lines across
on its wing covers resembling network pattern. We call this beetle Netty
Ladybird. We found this ladybird once in Brisbane. It is more common around
Cairns and further north. More information and pictures please
visit this page.
- Striped Ladybird
- Micraspis frenata, larva
length 6mm, adult length 4mm
- Striped Ladybirds are light brown in colour, with three strips on their
back. In late spring we found many of them on grasses in Wishart bushland.
Like most other ladybirds, they quickly drop onto the ground when disturbed.
Some fly away in the mid way of dropping. More information and pictures can
be found in this page.
- Illeis galbula, larva length 6mm, adult length 4mm
- We found quite a number of them on different plants including Rosaceae
in late spring and early summer. They are fast moving and are active flier.
Their body is smooth and shiny with bright yellow dots on black colour. We
often see them on different types of plants. More pictures and information
can be found in this page.
Amber Ladybird, White Collared Ladybird
- Hippodamia variegata, body length 4mm
- This ladybird is also known as White Collared Ladybird. We found
this ladybird on a milkweed plant. The first picture shows the insect just
come out from its pupa. The colour on its forewings are not fully developed
yet. The second picture shows the ladybird few hours later. We first saw
this ladybird on 2005, then found it from time to time. This species is native to Europe and has spread around the
- 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,
- 3. New
ladybird found in South Australia - South Australian Research and
Development Institute 2001
- 4. Ladybirds
- Insects Identification and Information Guide, Australian Cotton CRC, 2004.
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