Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs BeetlesBisallardiana sp Bolboceratidae Calolampra sp Calosoma oceanicum Carphurus (Soft-winged Flower Beetle) Chalcophorotaenia Chlorobapta frontalis Coccinella transversalis (Transverse Ladybird) Eretes australis (Padded Diving Beetle) Hydrophilus brevispina Lepidiota Merimna atrata Neospades sp Pachydissus (Longhorn Beetles) Paropsisterna laesa (Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle) Protaetia fusca (Mottled Flower Scarab) Pterohelaeus sp (Blue Pie-dish Beetles)

The Coccinella transversalis is commonly known as the Transverse Ladybird, Small Transverse Ladybird Beetle or Transverse Ladybird Beetle. It is found throughout Australia, from urban areas, gardens, forest, heath and woodland.

Pictured here are the Alice Springs Transverse Ladybird (Coccinella transversalis), a common ladybird found in Alice Springs.

Small Transverse Ladybird Beetle (Coccinella transversalis), Alice Springs NT
Transverse Ladybird Beetle (Coccinella transversalis), Alice Springs NT

The Transverse Ladybird appears to have little variation across its wide range. It has a black head with predominantly bright red or orange elytra boldly marked with a black band down the midline and two lateral three-lobed markings. This species measures between 3.8 to 6.7 mm long and 3.3 to 5.45 mm wide

Both the larvae and adults of the Transverse Ladybird search for and feed on aphids on plants. The following is of the Transverse Ladybird Beetle (Coccinella transversalis) on the leaves of sweet potato plant in a garden in Alice Springs NT.

Following is the yellow form of the Transverse Ladybirds (Coccinella transversalis) on the leaves of sweet potato in an Alice Springs garden.

Following photos of the Transverse Ladybird (Coccinella transversalis) on a Needlewood (Hakea leucoptera) in a garden in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Check out our Fauna > Insects > Ladybirds (Beetles).

Transverse Ladybirds (Coccinella transversalis), Alice Springs NT
Transverse Ladybirds (Coccinella transversalis), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder: Polyphaga
  • Infraorder: Cucujiformia
  • Superfamily: Coccinelloidea
  • Family: Coccinellidae
  • Subfamily: Coccinellinae
  • Tribe: Coccinellini
  • Genus: Coccinella
  • Species: Coccinella transversalis

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks to Dianne Bickers for the ID, member of the Australia – What Bug Is This? Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/Auswhatbugisthis/
  2. Transverse Ladybird Beetle (Coccinella transversalis), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/349064-Coccinella-transversalis
  3. Transverse Ladybird, Australian Museum, https://australian.museum/learn/animals/insects/transverse-ladybird/
  4. Transverse Ladybird Beetle – Coccinella transversalis, Brisbane Insects and Spiders, https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_ladybirds/Transverse.htm
  5. Elytral markings, FaunaNET, Flower Chafers of New South Wales, Australian Museum, https://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/aus_museum/flower_chafers/key/Cetoniinae/Media/Html/elytramarkings.htm

Alice Springs BeetlesBisallardiana sp Bolboceratidae Calolampra sp Calosoma oceanicum Carphurus (Soft-winged Flower Beetle) Chalcophorotaenia Chlorobapta frontalis Coccinella transversalis (Transverse Ladybird) Eretes australis (Padded Diving Beetle) Hydrophilus brevispina Lepidiota Merimna atrata Neospades sp Pachydissus (Longhorn Beetles) Paropsisterna laesa (Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle) Protaetia fusca (Mottled Flower Scarab) Pterohelaeus sp (Blue Pie-dish Beetles)

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