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Variable Ladybird Beetles - ? Coelophora inaequalis 


This page contains information and pictures about Variable Ladybird Beetles that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 5mm
The ladybirds are bright orange-yellow in colour with a broken line of two black dot on each wing-covers. There is a black line at the meeting edges of the wing-covers. The reference suggested that they are the Variable Ladybirds
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However, the Variable Ladybirds and this ladybird looked quite different.
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We do not agree this bend-patterned ladybird is a Variable Ladybird.......... until we saw the mating couple.
However we believed it may not be us that made the mistake. It may be the male ladybird who made the mistake.  
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Anyway, we found ladybirds with this pattern from time to time and the pattern is quite consistence. There may be some reasons behind and worth considering.  
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1. Australian Ladybird Beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) Their biology and classification - A.Ślipiński, Australian Biological Resources, 2007, Fig14.
2. Micraspis sp. - Insects of Townsville, Australia - Graeme Cocks, 2004. 
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Last updated: November 26, 2007.