Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, suburb of Saint Johns, Colin Maiden Park.
Habitat: Melicope ternata. A small group of trees planted within about a couple of metres of each other. Icerya purchasi present on the tree. One adult Rodolia observed on the lower surface of a leaf, still within exuviae when found. Emerged from exuviae later the same day.
Identification: Rodolia koebelei (Coquillett, 1893).
Early instar coccinellid devouring aphid on artichoke. Note red tarsal claw. ~6mm
The Coccinellidae are a family of small beetles, ranging from 1 to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches). They are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, heads and antennae. Such colour patterns vary greatly, however; for example, a minority of species, such as Vibidia duodecimguttata, a twelve-spotted species, have whitish spots on a brown background. Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species described, more than 450 native...