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furry Lady beetle from W-Java

L: ~4mm

 

This furry Lady-beetle with many (orange) pollen is a biological agent of Australian origin that feeds on Mealy-bugs (Genus Pseudococcus) and other scale insects; the "Mealy bug destroyer" introduced from Western Australia features an interesting mimicry as the larva looks very similar to adult mealy-bugs, so instead of protection they become prey (aggressive mimicry).

 

have a look at its larva: www.flickr.com/photos/gbohne/5551938125/

 

Somebody might have tried biological pest control near... that gives me hope!

 

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri MULSANT, 1850 (Mealy-bug Ladybird or mealybug destroyer, Schmierlaus-Marienkäfer)

Genus: Cryptolaemus MULSANT, 1853

Tribus: Scymnini MULSANT, 1850 (Zwergmarienkäfer)

Subfamily: Coccinellinae (before 2007: Scymninae MULSANT, 1846)

Family: Coccinellidae LATREILLE, 1807 (ladybird beetles, coccinelles, Marienkäfer)

Superfamily: Cucujoidea LATREILLE, 1802

Infraorder: Cucujiformia LAMEERE, 1938

Suborder: Polyphaga EMERY, 1886

Order: Coleoptera (beetles, Käfer)

 

more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptolaemus_montrouzieri

taxonomical info: www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN...

info about the tribus/subfamily (German): de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scymnini

 

Indonesia, W-Java, 10 Km S Tangerang: vic. BSD, 50m asl., 22.11.2010

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MP-65mm (2X); 1/160s, f/16, ISO100, ring-flash, hand-held

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Taken on November 22, 2010