Fungus-eating Ladybird

Illeis galbula

The Fungus-eating Ladybird is a species of Coccinellidae. Adults are 4-5mm in size while the larvae are between 8 and 10mm. Adults are bright yellow with black markings, larvae and pupa are white with black dots. During the day it is fast moving and readily flies or drops when disturbed. Adults feed on black mold and other fungi. The pupa are active and often stand on end. They are found in Australia and are a non-native species in New Zealand.
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyCoccinellidae
GenusIlleis
SpeciesI. galbula
Photographed in
Australia