Harmonia conformis

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Harmonia conformis
Harmonia conformis imago in Kialla, Australia.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Harmonia
Species: H. conformis
Binomial name
Harmonia conformis
(Boisduval, 1835)

Harmonia conformis (the large spotted ladybird)[1] is a species of ladybird (the family Coccinellidae). It has a light reddish appearance and its colouration includes 20 large black spots, 18 of which are found on the elytra (wing covers).[2] They are quite large for ladybirds, being about 6-7 mm long.[2] It is a predator of other insects, eating aphids as both a larva and imago (adult).[2] It is found in Australia, and has been introduced to New Zealand, where it is common in northern regions.[2] Another member of the same genus, Harmonia antipoda, also occurs in New Zealand. This species, however, is a native and is much smaller and harder to find.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harmonia conformis (Boisduval)". www.ento.csiro.au CSIRO. 2005-07-07. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d Crowe, A. (2002). Which New Zealand Insect?. Auckland, N.Z.: Penguin. p. 47. ISBN 0-14-100636-6. 

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