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Netted Ladybird Beetle

Heteroneda billardieri

Description:

Coccinellidae ;Coccinellinae; Coccinellini; Heteroneda billardleri Crotch, 1871. The entire dorsal surface of this beetle is yellow with a pattern of black lines which give the appearance of being caught in a net, hence the name "Netted or Netty" Ladybird Beetle. A scientific paper published by three Philippine academics describes the foraging behaviour of H. billardieri. It is beautifully written, very informative and easy reading for us ordinary folks. https://www.researchgate.net/publication...

Habitat:

This Netted Ladybird Beetle was spotted on a the leaf of a Mango Tree (Mangifera indica) which had fallen to the ground. The leaf was still fresh and appeared to have been cut by some other insect in the canopy. It may not be relevant, but on the same leaf, there was another Beetle, Coelophora sp. cf. mulsanti. So I have include a photo showing both together as spotted. When searching the internet re. H. billardieri, I came across a few pictures which also show these two beetles on the same leaf. Is this a possible example of species interaction?

Notes:

Some other Project Noah spottings of this beetle: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/11... https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/18...

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 30, 2015
Submitted on May 27, 2022

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