(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 :
The larvae grow to a length of about 8 mms.
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.
It also feeds on Aphids.
The species is found over the eastern half of mainland Australia.
(updated 3 January 2010, 30 January 2015)