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Maculate Ladybird - Harmonia octomaculata

FAMILY COCCINELLIDAE

This page contains information and pictures about Maculate Ladybird with black dots that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia

Body length 8mm 
This ladybird also known as Three-banded Ladybird. This ladybird beetle is the largest ladybird we ever seen. 
 
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They are shiny orange in colour with eleven black spots forming three bands on their wing-covers. We saw this ladybird only a few times. The first time we found them hunting the aphids among the Milkweed plants in Macgregor bushland.
 
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The second time we saw it near the Bulimba Creek in Wishart, hunting on tall grasses. From the pictures we took, the black dots pattern are a little different. They vary a bit between individals. 
 
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Reference:
1. Ladybirds - Insects Identification and Information Guide, Australian Cotton CRC, 2004.
2. 八斑和瓢虫 - 中山大学生物数字博物館, 2005.
3. 八條瓢蟲 - Insects of Taiwan.
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