Large Spotted Ladybird
Adult
Ellura
Variegated Ladybird
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Variegated Ladybird (Hippodamia variegata)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Ladybird (Coccinellidae)
Species: Variegated Ladybird (Hippodamia variegata)
This Photo:     Dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
As it's name suggests, a very variable species. Usually with white stripes on it's pronotum, but sometimes not.
Introduced from Europe and used as a biological control of cotton aphids in crops, it is now wide spread and an environmental pest.
Our apologies for the moth scales interfering with these photo's. They were shed in the container by the previous occupant, not part of this species.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 06-Nov-2017
This species is classed as I (Introduced - Foriegn)