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Large Leafeating Ladybird - Epilachna guttatopustulata


This page contains information and pictures about Large Leafeating Ladybird Beetles that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia
Body length 10mm
This is a large Ladybird Beetle. There are four large orange-red and four yellow square spots on dark brown body colour. The bright yellow abdomen is covered by wings. 
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Unlike other ladybird beetles, all species in the tribe Epilachnini, includes this Large Leafeating Ladybirds,  are phytophagous, i.e., both larvae and adults feed on plants.
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On early summer Dec 2011, we found quite a number of this Large Leafeating Ladybirds in the bushland near White Rock, Ipswich. They were actively feeding on leaves (Solanacea) during the day. On the host plants another plant-feeding species, the 28-spotted Potato Ladybird Beetles, were also found. 
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Some ladybird eggs were found on the bottom side of leaf next to the Large Leafeating Ladybirds, but not sure if they were their eggs.
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Some mating pairs were found on host plants as well.  
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In the area there were quite a number of the host plants. Large Leafeating Ladybirds were found almost on every plants. Some plants were badly damaged. 
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The above photos show two plant-feeding ladybirds trying to mate, obviously they found the wrong partner.

1. Large Leafeating Ladybird Epilachna guttatopustulata - by Nick Monaghan, lifeunseen.com.
2. Australian Ladybird Beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) Their biology and classification - A.Ślipiński, Australian Biological Resources, 2007, p182. 
3. REVIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN EPILACHNINAE (COLEOPTERA: COCCINELLIDAE) -  C.S. LI, J.Aust.ent.Soc., 1993. Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries.  
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Last updated: December 04, 2011.