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Mealybug destroyer

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri

Description:

Ladybird larva about 12mm long.
At last I've found one doing the thing that gave it's common name - snacking on some kind of scale insect.

Habitat:

On an Acacia with prickly leaves in a local nature reserve.
Wally Tew Reserve

Notes:

The larva of a small ladybug with black elytra and an orange head.
A mealybug destroyer larva can consume up to 250 mealybug larvae. They can also feed on the sugary substance secreted by mealybugs, and will eat eggs and anything else related to scale insects of any species.
A bit like humans with chickens.

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1 Comment

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 months ago

Love the name.

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 28, 2021
Submitted on Mar 29, 2021

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