Normally a plant-eater, potato ladybird picks up some dirt. Kyogle, NSW.
A couple of Epilachna guttatopustulata devour a leaf. Kyogle, NSW.
Ladybird looks for aphid on the berries of a wild tobacco plant. The ants have the aphids hidden among the tightly packed berries. Oxley Creek, QLD.
Ladybug grazes on the rich layer of organic matter found on the trunk of a lemon tree. Kyogle, NSW.
The spent pupae of ladybugs clustered together on a stick. The pupae nestle in the moulted skin of the larva. Kyogle, NSW.
Ladybird on Gum Leaf
Lady beetle (Coelophora inaequalis) traverses a gum leaf inhabited by baby Psyllids (jumping plant lice). Kyogle, NSW.
Yellow ladybird eggs on a yellow-green leaf. Kyogle, NSW.
Ladybird larvae are born and bred in aphid populations. Oxley Creek, QLD.
Ladybird larva attacks a yellow aphid from behind to avoid it's formidable pointy mouthparts. Oxley Creek, QLD.
Illeis galbula. Kyogle, NSW.
Tiny beetle is about 2mm long and looks like a ladybird. Here it navigates the bark of a small tree. Oxley Creek, QLD.
Large Leafeating Ladybird
Predator and Prey
Ladybird and rose aphid - mortal enemies - share a rose leaf. Kyogle, NSW.
Ladybird rests after a big aphid meal in the curl of a rose leaf. More aphids roam nearby. Beetle should clean its pronotum if it wants to look innocent. Kyogle, NSW.
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