- Species presence
- Recorded In Australia
- Terrestrial Habitats
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- Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – terrestrial invertebrates
- Brief description: Yellow, rounded ladybird with bold, wavy-black markings; body-length to 2.5 cm.
- Description : Bright or orange-yellow, rounded ladybird (beetle) with bold, wavy-black markings on upper surface of thorax (pronotum) and on wing-cases (elytra). On elytra, intensity of orange colouring increases with distance from black markings. Antennae and legs also yellow and black. Body-length to 0.7 cm.
- Biology : Both adults and larvae are tree-dwelling predators of soft-bodied leaf-feeding and sap-feeding insects and their eggs. In spring, the adults seek out plants where such insects are common, and lay their eggs so that the larvae have a ready supply of food on hatching. In the right circumstances, they can consume a large proportion of the annual production of egg-clusters and young larvae of eucalypt leaf-beetles, but they need to supplement their diet with plant-lice (psyllids) that also live on eucalypts as well as on wattles. Adults hibernate in crevices and under bark, sometimes in large aggregations. In New Zealand, Tasmanian Ladybirds are used as biological control agents of non-native (Australian) leaf-beetles and tomato psyllids.
- Habitat: Eucalypt forest and woodland; also parks and gardens.
- Native status: Native to Australia.
- Maximum size (cm): 0.7
- Diet: Carnivore
- Colours: yellow, black
- Distribution: Southern Australia
- Habitat types: Terrestrial
- Commercial species: False
- Author credit: Simon Grove / Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery
Names and sources
|Cleodora mellyi Mulsant, 1850 Mulsant, 1850 Mulsant, 1850|
|Published in: Mulsant, M.E. 1850. Species des Coléoptères Trimères Sécuripalpes. Annales des Sciencies Physiques et Naturelles, d'Agriculture et d'Industrie, publiées par la Société nationale d'Agriculture, etc., de Lyon, Deuxième Série, 2: xv + 1-1104 pp (part 1 pp. 1-450; part 2 pp. 451-1104)|
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