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Transverse Ladybird

Scientific Name
Coccinella transversalis
Scientific Author
Fabricius, 1781
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Coccinellinae: Coccinellini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Adult

Length 3.8-6.7 mm, width 3.3-5.5 mm. Form elongate oval, convex. Head black with a pair of creamy yellow, subtriangular frontal spots, one on either side of inner margins of eyes. Pronotum black, anterolateral corners light cream. Scutellum black. Elytra bright carmine red or orange or yellow, with an oval subscutellar spot, a large trilobed spot on humeral callus, a transverse band at apical third not reaching lateral margin, and three smaller apical spots-one sutural and two lateral, usually fused to form a transverse marking; sutural line with an irregular black stripe. Elytral pattern variable with the markings in various states of confluence or reduction. Elytral intervals with well-marked reticulate microsculpture. Post-coxal plates on abdominal ventrite 1 incomplete, with an associate oblique line.

Male

Last visible abdominal sternite is slightly emarginate apically and the penultimate broadly but shallowly so.

Female

Last sternite is arcuate apically and the penultimate either straight or shallowly arcuate across the apical border.

References

- Pope, R.D. (1988). A revision of the Australian Coccinellidae (Coleoptera). Part 1. Subfamily Coccinellinae. Invertebrate Taxonomy, 2: 633-735.

- Joshi, S. & Poorani, J. (2007). Aphids of Karnataka. Available online: http://www.aphidweb.com/aphidbioagents/coccinella%20trasversalis.htm (Date of access: 19 Mar 2009).
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Author
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
25/11/2010 10:35 AEST
Last Updated
16/05/2014 03:59 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2010) Transverse Ladybird (Coccinella transversalis) Updated on 5/16/2014 3:59:33 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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