Coccinella transversalis Click to enlarge image
Newly emerged Ladybird beetle, Coccinella transversalis Image: unknown
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    transversalis
    Genus
    Coccinella
    Subfamily
    Coccinellinae
    Family
    Coccinellidae
    Super Family
    Cucujoidea
    Suborder
    Polyphaga
    Order
    Coleoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    4 mm - 6 mm

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

Habitat

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

Distribution

The Transverse Ladybird is found throughout Australia.

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 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.