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Multicolour Asian Lady Beetle

Harmonia Axiridis

Description:

Asien Marienkäfer

Habitat:

Hedge

Notes:

On it's elytrae you can see a Fungus: Laboulbeniales! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laboulben...

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19 Comments

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 8 years ago

sure ! but disturbing to me is that even during my tour through the Kalkalpen NP i saw the harlequin ...

injica
injica 8 years ago

well as I found somewhere, the key should be the thin white line in between eyes. Possibly the cities are always possible source of intruders ;)

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 8 years ago

well, after sufficient research i can safely say - you were right !!! while i found several h.axyridis - there were not even one of a.bipunctata - maybe this species was completely replaced by its larger asian cousin in this region ...

injica
injica 9 years ago

Ok :))) This is very interesting, let me know if you spot another! I would also expect harmonia in much more urban or "human contaminated area" but the last spotting was on my way to the mountains, but that was the only harmonia I saw that day whilst all the other were native species and in normal size!

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

I see your point - it's just that i havent seen harmonia in this habitat yet why i'm not convinced - i'll keep an eye on that matter this season ... maybe your right !

injica
injica 9 years ago

I know, but harmonia is widespread already, plus I have found one extremely small : http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/215... in the wilderness, here is the explanation for the size in comments http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/212...

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

the typical M pronotum macula is missing and harmonia usually is a larger coccinellid while this one was half the size, besides adalia is native to the meadows next to my site ... but i understand - the size is hardly to see on a photo !

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

I am sure this is a tricky one! At first sight both are correct. And my problem is know: Whom can I trust?? I do not mean whom of you guys, you both have good arguments, but all the pictures on the net, are they really correctly identified? Do you have any trustable sites for this ones?? The more I am looking the more I get confused...

injica
injica 9 years ago

Plus the spots are too big and not totally round, i am sure that this is asian

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

hi! thx for your suggestion, but i'm sorry i cannot agree as there occurs a black morph of A.bipunctata and the thoracal maculae are characteristic, furthermore has that harmonia typus larger elytrical spots ..

injica
injica 9 years ago

I am pretty much sure that this is not Adalia bipucntata http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adalia_bipu... this is an asian ladybug http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Harmon...

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

I was just told that it is a Fungus! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laboulben...

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

Thank you bayucca - this was quite informative !!

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Nice spotting! I know that wasp are often parasiting ladybirds. The larva of the later wasp is even making a cocoon under the body of the ladybird. Sometimes the ladybird is recovering from this attack! But I can't say anything more to this spotting.

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

Thank you Jeannette !

Jeannette
Jeannette 9 years ago

Nice spotting ;-)

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

You're right its just like that, they appear from Time to Time in that coloration

JustinHall
JustinHall 9 years ago

That like the apposite of the red ones,maybe a albino

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 9 years ago

yep, i dont See them very often...

MartinUrban
Spotted by
MartinUrban

Gemeinde Wien, Wien, Austria

Spotted on Nov 8, 2012
Submitted on Nov 8, 2012

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