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Tasmanian Ladybird

Scientific Name
Cleobora mellyi
Scientific Author
(Mulsant, 1850)
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Coccinellinae: Coccinellini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Head Oblique - Adult
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Caroline Harding MAF
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult

Length 5-8 mm, width 4.5-6.5 mm. Elytra weakly convex, glabrous. Elytral colour pattern constant, uniformly yellowish or orange with black transverse markings. Anterior clypeal border straight between lateral margins. Antenna 11-segmented; slightly longer than head capsule with weak 3-segmented club. Prothoracic hypomeron without foveae near anterior angles; prosternal process without distinct carinae. Strongly developed tibial spurs; formula 0-2-2. Abdominal postcoxal line not recurved, incomplete laterally, without oblique additional line.

Male

Dark transverse elytral bands may vary in thickness and, occasionally, coalesce; dark areas black, pale areas yellow. Underside of pronotum yellow except for posterior third of lateral margins, hind margins and postcoxal extensions; prosternum black; mesosternum black, epimera pale yellow; metasternum black; abdominal segments mostly black, but usually with a sublateral pale area on each side of first 4 visible sternites; elytral epipleura pale except where black pattern of upper surfaces reaches edges of elytra; legs with femora usually black on rearward surfaces, particoloured on forward-facing surfaces, tibiae and tarsi generally pale-coloured. Antennae with segments 3-11 elongate, segment 10 only slightly so. Prosternum with intercoxal process transversely convex, sometimes with traces of longitudinal carinae near apex. Mesosternum convex, transversely ridged on either side of anteromedian excavation. Metasternum frequently transversely rugulose laterally. Abdominal sternites with intervals between punctures reticulately microsculptured, more obviously so toward lateral borders; apical border of 5th sternite broadly truncate, 6th truncate apically.

Female

With apical border of 5th abdominal sternite broadly arcuate.

References

- Pope, R.D. (1988). A revision of the Australian Coccinellidae (Coleoptera). Part 1. Subfamily Coccinellinae. Invertebrate Taxonomy, 2: 633-735.
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Author
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
25/11/2010 02:00 AEST
Last Updated
20/03/2014 22:00 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2010) Tasmanian Ladybird (Cleobora mellyi) Updated on 3/20/2014 10:00:44 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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