Variable ladybird

These photos show the larval stage and adult stage of Coelophora inaequalis, commonly called the variable ladybird This is one of two ladybirds known to enjoy Aphis nerii, the Oleander aphid.

Thanks Nicholas Martin, scientist and Honorary Fellow of the Entomological Society, at Plant & Food Research for these great photos. They will help us identify the ladybirds on our swan plants.

(Note: information updated 4 December 2018.)

If you are looking to identify a pest (or other species of flora or fauna) in your garden, we suggest consulting with iNaturalist NZ — Mātaki Taiao. This is is buildling a living record of life in Aotearoa—New Zealand so that scientists and environmental managers can monitor changes in biodiversity. It is run by the NZ Bio-Recording Network Trust. Anyone can learn more about our amazing natural history by joining.

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