Illeis galbula

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Fungus-eating Ladybird
Illeis galbula from above, wood background.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Subfamily: Coccinellinae
Tribe: Coccinellini
Genus: Illeis
Species: I. galbula
Binomial name
Illeis galbula
Mulsant (1850)
Synonyms
  • Psyllobora galbula[1]

The Fungus-eating Ladybird (Illeis galbula) is a species of Coccinellidae. Adults are 4-5mm in size while the larvae are between 8 and 10mm. Adults are bright yellow with black markings, larvae and pupa are white with black dots. During the day it is fast moving and readily flies or drops when disturbed. Adults feed on black mold and other fungi. The pupa are active and often stand on end.[2] They are found in Australia and are a non-native species in New Zealand.[3]

larval form

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Illeis galbula". Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Fungus-eating Ladybird - Illeis galbula". Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  3. ^ Crowe, A. (2002). Which New Zealand Insect?. Auckland, N.Z.: Penguin. p. 47. ISBN 0-14-100636-6.