Striped Ladybird
Striped Ladybird
Pre-winter Huddle
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:     On Saltbush

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

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 © 2013-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Jan-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.