Animal Species:Transverse Ladybird
The Transverse Ladybird is one of the most commonly encountered in Sydney's gardens and parks.
Standard Common Name
4 mm - 6 mm
The Transverse Ladybird is found throughout Australia.
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.
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.