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Orcus australasiae

Orcus australasiae


This small convex and highly glossy ladybird beetle is quite common on Acacia and a significant predator of aphids and other hemipteran plant parasites.


At first glance it might seem that Paropsisterna octosignita is a mimic of this species but many details are not consistent. This beetle is much smaller, host species differ and this beetle is diurnal.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 months ago

Congratulations Martin ! I can see how small it is judging by the leaf surface. Very nice.

Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay
Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay 10 months ago

That's cool looking bug!

MartinL 11 months ago

Thankyou Roy
Thankyou Sergio

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 months ago

Congratulations Martin.

Roy Arun
Roy Arun 11 months ago

A beautiful Spotting....Thanks for sharing...ana congrats Sir for SOTD..

MartinL 11 months ago

Thanks for your comments Daniele, Neil, Tukup and amadeus.

armadeus.4 11 months ago

Congratulations Martin! Thank you for sharing :)

Tukup 11 months ago

Nice catch Martin. What a beauty. Thanks for sharing and congratulations.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 11 months ago

Congratulations, Martin. Well spotted.

DanielePralong 11 months ago

Congratulation Martin, this neat little ladybird is our Spotting of the Day!

"An image and organism near perfect in simplicity! This orange-spotted ladybird beetle (Orcus australasiae) is our Spotting of the Day. Orcus is a genus in the family Coccinellidae. This family, commonly known as ladybugs in North America and ladybirds in Britain and other parts of the English-speaking world, is distributed worldwide with over 6,000 described species. Orcus australasiae is a common species in southern and western parts of Australia, including Tasmania. Like other coccinellids, it is a predator of aphids and scale insects".



Spotted by

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Lat: -34.07, Long: 150.76

Spotted on Mar 17, 2019
Submitted on Apr 3, 2019

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