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Steel Blue Ladybird  Apolinus lividigaster,Australia,Coccinellidae,Epilachninae,Fall,Geotagged,Halmus chalybeu,Halmus chalybeus,Yellow-shouldered ladybird Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Hi Niel, yes that´s the pupa of an Epilachninae for sure (Edit: that was an oops: Chilocorinae of course). Best way to tell which species is to take it home in a container (with some air holes en maybe a damp tissue) and wait a few days ... Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
    1. Thanks Arp ... will do Posted one year ago
    2. The ladybird turned out to be Halmus chalybeus - Steel blue ladybird Posted one year ago
      1. Oh dear ... must have had a brain malfunction of sorts last week *rolleyes*
        Yes, obviously the pupa is of a Chilocorinae , NOT Epilachninae. Your suggestion of 28-spot must have done strange things to my head ;o)

        Excellent undertaking to bring it in for eclosure and see what gives - thanks for doing that Niel!
        Did you get images of the adult beetle? There is about a handful of these small blue jobs in Aussieland and they're crazy hard to tell apart ... :-?
        Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
        1. I must admit I set it free. I'm a bit of a softy that way. Posted one year ago

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"Halmus chalybeus", commonly known as the steelblue ladybird, is a species of ladybird native to Australia. It has a rounded appearance with an iridescent blue/green colouration and is a predator of other insects.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Calbost Niel
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By Calbost Niel

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Uploaded Apr 30, 2021. Captured Apr 30, 2021 13:05 in 200W-201W Great Western Hwy, Hazelbrook NSW 2779, Australia.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/20.0
  • 1/100s
  • ISO6400
  • 105mm