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Mealybug Ladybird

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri


As described in Wikipedia: " ... Unlike many of the often brightly-coloured Coccinellidae, it is predominantly brown and has no spots. It has been used as a biological control agent against Mealybugs and other Scale insects. As a larva it apparently looks like the mealybugs they prey on, a case of aggressive mimicry."


This one was found on the back of a leaf of the purple-flowered Ruellia simplex.

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Spotted on Mar 18, 2012
Submitted on Mar 18, 2012

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