For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Ladybug - Ladybird Coccinellidae

Ladybirds / Ladybugs come in many colors, some with spots and others with stripes. Most are carnivorous and feed on smaller insects like aphids, but some are herbivorus.
This is the Potato Ladybird and is enjoying a meal of this leaf.

The Lunate Ladybird and its larvae are mostly found on roses.
Ladybirds are extremely hard to photograph as the light shines on their smooth surfaces and reflects back as glare.
I think this is the Ten-spotted Ladybird.......
and its larva. (sorry this is not such a good picure but the only one I have.)

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