Alice Springs Fauna •

Mealybug Destroyer Beetle, also known as the Mealybug Destroyer Ladybird (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) is native to eastern Australia and has been introduced to Western Australia and around the world to control the mealybug (family Pseudococcidae) that are pests in orchards and greenhouse.

The following photographs of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri were taken on a sacred River Red Gum tree in the Alice Springs Todd Mall in Central Australia, Northern Territory.

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), Alice Springs NT
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle) on River Red Gum, Alice Springs NT
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), Alice Springs NT
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle) on River Red Gum, Alice Springs NT
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), Alice Springs NT
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle) on River Red Gum, Alice Springs NT
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), Alice Springs NT
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), Alice Springs NT

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

Footnote & References

  1. Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Mulsant, 1853, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/dd552b84-a313-4879-ada9-80d55b57d407
  2. Mealybug Destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/244084-Cryptolaemus-montrouzieri

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