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Wattle ladybug mimic

Peltoschema oceanica

Description:

About 5mm long looking very much like some of our ladybugs.

Habitat:

On Acacia dealbata in a local nature reserve near Philby's place.

Notes:

This one fell down from an acacia we were sitting under onto my hand. I tried to bury into the grooves between my fingers.
Could be confused with the Variable ladybird which varies enough to cover this appearance.

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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago

Being Chrysomelidae it's a strict vegetarian (maybe even vegan lol)

Brian38
Brian38 8 months ago

Great pics Mark. Does it feed on aphids like the ladybirds?

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 11, 2021
Submitted on Oct 15, 2021

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