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Dusky Lady beetle larva

Coccinellidae scymninae


From a distance, it looks like a short, white caterpillar. It is actually the larva of a ladybird beetle. It is covered in white tuffs of wax, that look like hair.


Urban backyard.


It looks like the larva of the Dusky Lady (Ladybird) beetle. It could be a Mealy Bug Destroyer, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri or a related member of the genus Scymnus. "Mealy Bug Destroyer, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, a species introduced from Australia in 1891 to control Mealy Bugs on citrus in California" (

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K. Indie Gee
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K. Indie Gee

Portland, Oregon, USA

Spotted on Jul 6, 2014
Submitted on Jul 6, 2014

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