Illeis galbula (Mulsant, 1850)
Fungus-eating Ladybird
COCCINELLIDAE
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com )
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Lyn Finn,
Hunter Region School of Photography in Newcastle,
Macquarie Hills, New South Wales)

These are not true Caterpillars, as they have only six legs. They are the larvae of a ladybird beetle. The larvae are long, and pale yellow with six black spots on each abdominal segment. They feed on :

  • Black Mould ( Stachybotrys_chartarum ),
  • other fungi, and also
  • Aphids.

    The larvae grow to a length of about 8 mms.


    (Photo: copyright Lyn Finn,
    Hunter Region School of Photography in Newcastle,
    Macquarie Hills, New South Wales)

    The adult is round and basically yellow. It has a broken black zigzag mark across the back and a black tail. Its length is about 5 mms.


    (Photo: copyright Lyn Finn,
    Hunter Region School of Photography in Newcastle,
    Macquarie Hills, New South Wales)

    It also feeds on Aphids.

    The species is found over the eastern half of mainland Australia.

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    (updated 3 January 2010, 30 January 2015)