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Fungus-eating Ladybird Beetle - Larva

Illeis galbula


i spotted it in a warm autumn afternoon. it's a cold autumn in Melbourne. i couldn't find much on the day but only it. it's body length is about 6-8mm. ID pls?

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kimkiu 7 years ago

Thanks for your info! I was so surprised that I can see it in a cold late autumn afternoon.

Yes, it's cute like a button ^^

AbigailParker 7 years ago

Fungus-eating relatives of these are often the latest lady beetles I see in autumn in North America, too. Because they eat plant fungus like powdery mildew, and there's plenty of fungus in any season, they are active long after the lady beetles that eat aphids have either died or gone into hibernation for the winter. I love the little larvae, they are adorable!

kimkiu 7 years ago


Ken Ken
Ken Ken 7 years ago

Very Cute good capture~!!!

kimkiu 7 years ago

i know...

how lucky i am!!! i spotted this little guy and i found a big moth with beautiful orange antennas at my fence in my yard few days later....

i was so happy ^^

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

You are finding some great things for this time of year. There is almost no creatures at all.

kimkiu 7 years ago

thanks for the ID!

AbigailParker 7 years ago

Definitely a ladybird beetle larva! I don't know Australian species well enough to suggest an ID.

LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Fantastic shots kimkiu. This little fellow looks similar to the larvae of the Fungus-eating Ladybird Beetle, though I'm no expert. He's beautiful!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Lovely picture and nice spotting,

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3101, Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.80, Long: 145.03

Spotted on May 20, 2012
Submitted on May 31, 2012

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