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Steelblue ladybird

Scientific Name
Halmus chalybeus
Scientific Author
(Boisduval, 1835)
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Chilocorinae: Chilocorini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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COL108
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Caroline Harding MAF
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult

Length 3.0-4.25 mm, width 2.85-3.90 mm. Form rounded, convex. Colour entirely green or blue except head and anterior corners of pronotum orange or yellowish in males, monochromatic in females. Mouthparts, mesepimeron, and abdomen yellow. Clypeus distinctly emarginate medially and not bordered. Pronotum with interspaces between punctures. Postcoxal line parallel to the hind margin of the first ventrite.

Larvae

Length 3-5mm. Body nearly cylindrical, broadly fusiform. Dorsal and lateral surfaces armed with setose senti. Ground colour of dorsal surfaces creamy grey; legs, dorsal plates and most dorsal setose processes partially to entirely dark brown to black

References

- Gordon, R.D. (1985). The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America north of Mexico. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 93(1): 1-912.

- Slipinski, A. & Giorgi, J.A. (2006). Revision of the Australian Coccinellidae (Coleoptera). Part 6. Tribe Chilocorini. Annales Zoologici (Warszawa), 56(2): 265-304.

- Slipinski, A. (2007). Australian ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Their biology and classification. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. ISBN 9780642568557
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Specimen Contact
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Author
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
08/12/2010 07:49 AEST
Last Updated
08/04/2014 20:58 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2010) Steelblue ladybird (Halmus chalybeus) Updated on 4/8/2014 8:58:06 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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