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Yellow spotless ladybug (cream-streaked lady beetle)

Harmonia quadripunctata

Description:

A tiny orange/yellowish Harmonia quadripunctata ladybug, rescued from the sea, at Karnagio beach, Kato Lehonia, Pagasitikos Gulf, Greece. It had 2 tiny fading black spots, one on each side of the elytra, and it was floating for quite some time, before I noticed it, and saved it. It was tiny in size, about as small as Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata ladybug, but fellow spotter @Injica was very helpfull as she suggested the correct ID and she gave valuable data about the ladybugs..

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6 Comments

As I said, no clue here :D
And thank you ;)

injica
injica 7 years ago

that's unlikely,axyridis doesn't have creamy edges ;)

OK @Injica, you convinced me :)
I'll update asap, thank you so much for the suggestions and the detailed information, now I'm sure it was a Harmonia quadripunctata...
(I was worried it actually was a Harmonia Axyridis...It would be the first such spotting in Greece...)

injica
injica 7 years ago

No, as I was explained some time ago, they remain the same size like when they left the pupa, because their elytra is too hard and they don't change their "skin" as some others like grass hoppers.... And one of the reasons that is determining the size is its diet...if the larva was hungry the ladybird will remain small despite the normal proportion suggested. To me it looks like Harmonia 4 punctata at least by the head.

Thanks @Injica, I was just checking the Harmonia quadripunctata sizes and patterns, but the ladybug I found, looks quite smaller in size...
(I have no idea about ladybugs...Do they grow bigger, in time? I mean, is it possible that I met an "immature" bug?)

injica
injica 7 years ago

So there are few sugg 1) Harmonia quadripunctata var. pinastri http://www.naturamediterraneo.com/forum/... 2) is the same picture on the other site Adalia decempunctata http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxonimage/id394...

Δήμος Βόλου, Περιφέρεια Θεσσαλίας, Greece

Spotted on Jun 27, 2013
Submitted on Jun 28, 2013

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