Diet of the steelblue ladybird (<i>Halmus chalybeus</i>) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

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  • Nicholas Martin

Abstract

Most people think that ladybirds feed on aphids and some species, such as the yellow shouldered ladybird, (Apolinus lividigaster (Mulsant, 1853)) do only eat aphids, but other species eat a variety of arthropods including whitefly, mealybugs, scale insects or spidermites (Tetranychidae). Published information and recent unpublished observations show that the steelblue ladybird (Halmus chalybeus (Boisduval, 1835) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) has a very varied diet (Table 1). It is the commonest species of ladybird in Auckland and is usually found on trees and shrubs.

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2013-07-01

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Martin, N. 2013. Diet of the steelblue ladybird (<i>Halmus chalybeus</i>) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). The Wētā. 45, (Jul. 2013), 27–30.

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