Animal Species:Transverse Ladybird

The Transverse Ladybird is one of the most commonly encountered in Sydney's gardens and parks.

Transverse Ladybird Coccinella transversalis

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Transverse Ladybird

Size range

4 mm - 6 mm

Distribution

The Transverse Ladybird is found throughout Australia.

Habitat

The Transverse Ladybird lives in urban areas, forest, heath and woodland.

Feeding and Diet

Both the adults and larvae of the Transverse Ladybird search for aphids on plants. Aphids are bugs that suck the sap of plants and can cause serious damage to plants when they occur in great numbers.

Economic/social impacts

Ladybirds as a group are economically important beetles. Aphid-eating ladybirds are a great benefit to gardeners and commercial agriculture. However, there is one genus of spotted ladybird species in Sydney (Epilachna) whose members feed on plants and may be crop pests.

Classification

Species:
transversalis
Genus:
Coccinella
Subfamily:
Coccinellinae
Family:
Coccinellidae
Superfamily:
Cucujoidea
Suborder:
Polyphaga
Order:
Coleoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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