Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Ladybird larva with wax excretions

Photo by Paul Hafner

Photo by Paul Hafner

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Mulsant

Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae

Size range

  • Larva 5–6 mm


  • Australian
  • Introduced, for control of mealybugs

Life History

  • Feeds on mealybugs
  • Secretes excess wax through the skin
  • Camouflaged amongst its prey

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