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 Chilocorini 


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
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Chilocorus circumdatus, larva length 6mm, adult length 4mm
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
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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.
Orange-spotted Ladybird
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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 pictures.

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, p71.
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Last updated: December 04, 2011.