Home
 
Beetles
 
Ladybirds
COCCINELLIDAE
 
Scymninae 
Yellow Shouldered
Mealybug Ladybird
Minute Two-spotted
 
Chilocorinae
Steel Blue Ladybird
Red Chilocorus 
Orange-spotted 
 
Coccinellinae
Common Spotted
Maculate Ladybird
Variable Ladybird
Transverse Ladybird
Striped Ladybird
Fungus-eatingLadybird
Spotted Amber
Netty Ladybird
 
Epilachninae
26-spotted Potato
28-spotted Potato
 

                                               

Subfamily Scymninae

Scymninae ladybirds are small to medium size. Their body is covered with short hairs. They feed on scale insects, aphids and spider mites.
 
We found three different species in Brisbane. They are listed as follows; 

 
Yellow Shouldered Ladybird
wpe15.jpg (12181 bytes) 
Scymnodes lividigaster, adult and larva, body length 4mm
Yellow Shouldered Ladybird Beetles have a yellow dot on each side of their thorax, some have a yellow face but some others have a dark face. All of them have their forewings in dark blue colour. They are small in size. For more pictures and information please visit this page.
 
 
Mealybug Ladybird, Mealybug Predator
  wpe6.jpg (24514 bytes)
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri or C. montrouzeri , body length 3mm
This ladybird is also known as Mealybug Destroyer. This ladybird is famous on attacking mealybug, one of the worst pest in the world. The larvae of this ladybird look like their major prey - the Mealybug, although they also prey on other soft bugs.  More pictures and information please visit this page.
 
 
Minute Two-spotted Ladybird
  wpe8.jpg (22083 bytes)
Diomus notescens, body length 2.5mm
This ladybirds is very small. The body is dark green in colour with brown spot on each of the forewings. We occasionally saw them in our hibiscus plants wandering around. For more information please click on here.
 

Reference:
1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 658.
2. Genera of Coccinellidae - The University of Queensland Insect Collection, 2004
3. Ladybirds - Insects Identification and Information Guide, Australian Cotton CRC, 2004. 
Back to Top

Up ] [ Scymninae ] Chilocorinae ] Coccinellinae ] Epilachninae ]

 

See us in our Home page. Download large pictures in our Wallpaper web page. Give us comments in our Guest Book, or send email to us. A great way to support us is to buy the CD from us.  
Last updated: October 05, 2005.
1