Field Guide
Red Chilocorus
Steel Blue Ladybird
Minute Two-spotted
Mealybug Ladybird
Yellow Shouldered
Transverse Ladybird
Variable Ladybird 1
Variable Ladybird 2 
Variable Ladybird 3
Common Spotted
Three-banded Ladybird
Netty Ladybird
Striped Ladybird
Spotted Amber
28-spotted Potato
26-spotted Potato
Large Leafeating Ladybird
Other Ladybirds


Tribe Coccinellini


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
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Coccinella transversalis, larva length 7mm,  adult length 5-6mm
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
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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 Ladybirds page. 
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
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? 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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Fungus-eating Ladybird
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.

Spotted Amber Ladybird, White Collared Ladybird
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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 world.

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, 2007, p144.
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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Last updated: December 04, 2011.