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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 3 years ago

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

That's cool looking bug!

MartinL 3 years ago

Thankyou Roy
Thankyou Sergio

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 years ago

Congratulations Martin.

Roy Arun
Roy Arun 3 years ago

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

MartinL 3 years ago

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

armadeus.4 3 years ago

Congratulations Martin! Thank you for sharing :)

Tukup 3 years ago

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

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Congratulations, Martin. Well spotted.

DanielePralong 3 years 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".



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Sydney, NSW, Australia

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

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