This lady beetle is bright yellow with black markings.
Larvae are a pale yellow colour with black dots and quite distinct from other lady beetle larvae. When they first hatch they are almost transparent.
The eggs are white and tiny.
Adult size: 5 mm
Out and about
This lady beetle is native to Australia, predominantly along the east coast. It is also found In Indonesia and has been introduced into New Zealand.
Reproduction and Life cycle
Plants to repel
Plants to attract
Why they are Beneficial
As its name implies, these lady beetles and larvae eat fungus, usually powdery mildew on plants.
These lady beetles will find their way into the garden if plants have powdery mildew on them.
It is possible that the lady beetle may transfer fungal spores from its feet as it goes from plant to plant. Chances are the plants already have the powdery mildew on them, otherwise the beetle would not be landing on them. They possibly eat aphids as well.