Ladybirds (Beetles)Australoneda bourgeoisi Coccinella transversalis Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Harmonia conformis Olla v-nigrum Orcus australasiae

Mealybug Destroyer Beetle or 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.

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), Swan WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), Swan WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), Swan WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), Swan WA © Jean and Fred Hort

Closeup of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri.

Singular black Lady beetle (Tribe: Coccidulini) , Author A N Suresh Kumar, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license, Wikipedia
Singular black Lady beetle (Tribe: Coccidulini) , Author A N Suresh Kumar, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license, Wikipedia2

The following photographs of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri were taken on a sacred River Red Gum tree in the Alice Springs Todd Mall in Central Australia, 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) on River Red Gum, Alice Springs NT
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), Alice Springs NT
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle), 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
  • Genus: Cryptolaemus
  • Species: Cryptolaemus montrouzieri

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Swan WA © Jean and Fred Hort
  2. Singular black Lady beetle (Tribe: Coccidulini) (24666113806), Author A N Suresh Kumar, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license., https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Singular_black_Lady_beetle_(Tribe-Coccidulini)(24666113806).jpg
  3. 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
  4. Mealybug Destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/244084-Cryptolaemus-montrouzieri

Ladybirds (Beetles)Australoneda bourgeoisi Coccinella transversalis Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Harmonia conformis Olla v-nigrum Orcus australasiae

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