Striped Ladybird
On Saltbush
Striped Ladybird
Eggs, 0.5mm increment rule
Striped Ladybird (Micraspis furcifera)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Ladybird (Coccinellidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Striped Ladybird (Micraspis furcifera)
This Photo:     Pre-winter Huddle

Thank you Reiner Richter & Mark Hura for confirming the id of this species for us

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
It seems that colony's like this are often seen at the beginning of winter. They gather together to hibernate for the winter and keep each other warm.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~5mm long.
Pale yellow lady bug with black stripes.
Or is it black with yellow stripes ?-)
We can't tell the difference between the genders, but one we captured laid eggs in the pot, so knew was female. The eggs are yellow, about 1.5mm long, laid vertically. We were surprised when photographing the female that she has emarginate eyes!
We have photgraphed them in Jan, Feb, May, Nov & Dec.

Copyright © 2012-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 09-May-2012
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.