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Lady beetle (Coccinellidae)Epilachna sumbana

1 A Leaf-eating Ladybird at Brogo, NSW

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Epilachna sumbana at Brogo, NSW - 9 Mar 2019
Epilachna sumbana at Brogo, NSW - 9 Mar 2019

Identification history

Lady beetle (Coccinellidae) Epilachna sumbana 13 Mar 2019 JackieMiles
Lady beetle (Coccinellidae) Epilachna vigintisexpunctata 10 Mar 2019 JackieMiles

Author's notes

I tried hard to find an adult, but no luck. Our cucumber plant is rapidly losing vigour under the onslaught of a lot of larvae. The 2nd photo shows their impact on an old leaf. Having checked on the web, I think it is probably E. vigintioctopunctata, which is sadi to feed on Solanaceae (esp. potatoes), curcubits (as ours are) and some beans. Larvae are described as being yellow in the first instar, then developing these darker markings: https://nzacfactsheets.landcareresearch.co.nz/factsheet/InterestingInsects/Hadda-beetle---Epilachna-vigintioctopunctata.html

8 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   10 Mar 2019
Certainly an Epilachna, Jackie, but I wouldn't be game to name the species.
   11 Mar 2019
So hang on, I thought I put it up as vigintioctopunctata. Did you change it Kim? And should we just knock it back to Epilachna sp?
KimPullen wrote:
   11 Mar 2019
I didn't change it, Jackie. E. vigintioctopunctata seems a likely candidate and I think it would be fine to call it that. Some (perhaps all) of the ACT sightings have been identified (by others) as E. sumbana, but I can't tell them from vigintioctopunctata so I haven't ventured to challenge that ID. Kim.
   13 Mar 2019
OK, must have been me having a seniors moment, and just using the only name available on ALCW. So I've done a bit of a web search and it appears that E. vigintioctopunctata sumbana is a synonym for E. sumbana, and that it specialises on cucurbits, not Solanaceae which are the favoured food plants of E. vigintioctopunctata, so I'll add E. sumbana to ALCW's list and confirm it as that.
   13 Mar 2019
Just one bit of missing info - neither of the two books we have in which it is mentioned (whoops, should have looked there before posting it) nor any of the websites I checked told me whether it was native or introduced. I've put it in as cosmopolitan and a minor pest. Hope that's right. I see Hangay and Zborowski suggest picking the larvae off by hand as a control method. That'll keep me busy for a while! Or as it's the end of the cucumber season anyway, I could just let them have their fun.
KimPullen wrote:
   13 Mar 2019
There is a complete current synonymy on AFD at https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/Epilachna/complete. Hermes Escalona of CSIRO-ANIC is currently working on Epilachna and has told me some of the Australian species may be introduced.
   14 Mar 2019
Thanks Kim, had a look but didn't extract much sense from it, except that it looks like cosmopolitan and minor pest might be close enough. So if the holotype of E. cucurbitae was collected in NSW, that suggests it is native, but then maybe it has since been synonomised with E. sumbana, which is also known from at least Indonesia?
KimPullen wrote:
   14 Mar 2019
Unfortunately, finding a specimen at a particular locality (whether it becomes a type specimen or not) is no guarantee that the species is native to that locality. There are plenty of examples where introduced species are not recognised as such, and described as something new. The longhorn beetle Karadinia nubila was described in 1942 from central Qld as a new genus and species, but was later found to be Lagocheirus funestus, a Mexican species deliberately introduced earlier as a cactus biocontrol agent!

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(Hover Fly) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019 Apis (Apis) mellifera (Honey Bee) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019 Hypocysta metirius (Brown Ringlet) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019 Hippodamia variegata (Spotted Amber Ladybird) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019 Pseudechis porphyriacus (Red-bellied Black Snake) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019 Salix babylonica (Weeping Willow) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019 Marsdenia rostrata (Common Milk-vine) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019 Araujia sericifera (Moth Vine, Moth Plant) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019 Hypolepis glandulifera (Sticky Ground Fern) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019 Viola hederacea (Ivy-leaf Violet) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019 TEPHRITIDAE (family) (Fruit fly or seed fly) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019 Diphucephala sp. (Diphucephala scarab beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019 Rhytidoponera metallica (Green-head ant) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Oct 2019 Coccinella transversalis (Transverse Lady Beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Oct 2019 Nysius vinitor (Rutherglen bug) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Oct 2019 Chauliognathus lugubris (Plague Soldier Beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 5 Oct 2019 Coelophora inaequalis (Ladybird beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 5 Oct 2019 Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water-skink) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Sep 2019 Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Sep 2019 Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Sep 2019 Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-parrot) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Sep 2019 Wahlenbergia capillaris (Tufted Bluebell) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Sep 2019 Polyrhachis ammon (Golden-spined Ant, Golden Ant) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Sep 2019 Chlorocoma dichloraria (Guenee's or Double-fringed Emerald) at Brogo, NSW - 15 Sep 2019 Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis (Eastern long-necked turtle) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Sep 2019 Idiodes apicata (Bracken Moth) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Zieria cytisoides (Downy Zieria) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Apis (Apis) mellifera (Honey Bee) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Calotis lappulacea (Mallee Burr-daisy) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Philobota protecta at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Einadia nutans subsp. nutans (Nodding Saltbush) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Sorghum leiocladum (Wild Sorghum) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Glycine tabacina (Variable Glycine) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Rubus parvifolius (Native Raspberry) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Imperata cylindrica (Blady Grass) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Wahlenbergia capillaris (Tufted Bluebell) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Desmodium varians (Slender Tick Trefoil) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Chrysocephalum apiculatum (Common Everlasting) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019 Eunatalis sp. (Clerid beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Sep 2019 Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Sep 2019 Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Sep 2019
Dacelo novaeguineae (Laughing Kookaburra) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Jan 2020
Amphirhoe sp. (Amphirhoe longhorn beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Jan 2020
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Jan 2020
Xanthagrion erythroneurum (Red and Blue Damsel) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Jan 2020
Polistes (Polistella) humilis (Common Paper Wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Jan 2020
Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Jan 2020
Sericornis frontalis (White-browed Scrubwren) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Jan 2020
Tepperia sterculiae (Kurrajong seed weevil) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Jan 2020
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Brogo, NSW - 15 Jan 2020
Rhipidura rufifrons (Rufous Fantail) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Jan 2020
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Brogo, NSW - 8 Jan 2020
Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Brogo, NSW - 8 Jan 2020
Manorina melanophrys (Bell Miner) at Brogo, NSW - 8 Jan 2020
Rhipidura leucophrys (Willie Wagtail) at Brogo, NSW - 8 Jan 2020
Ropalidia plebeiana (Small brown paper wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 28 Dec 2019
Artamus cyanopterus cyanopterus (Dusky Woodswallow) at Brogo, NSW - 28 Dec 2019
Psophodes olivaceus (Eastern Whipbird) at Brogo, NSW - 27 Dec 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus (Red-bellied Black Snake) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Dec 2019
Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Dec 2019
Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Dec 2019
Psophodes olivaceus (Eastern Whipbird) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Dec 2019
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Dec 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus (Red-bellied Black Snake) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2019
Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2019
Ludwigia peploides subsp. montevidensis (Water Primrose) at Brogo, NSW - 8 Dec 2019
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairy-wren) at Brogo, NSW - 2 Dec 2019
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Brogo, NSW - 2 Dec 2019
Malurus (Leggeornis) lamberti (Variegated Fairy-wren) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Nov 2019
Lamprima aurata (Golden stag beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 29 Nov 2019
Microeca fascinans (Jacky Winter) at Brogo, NSW - 27 Nov 2019
Diplacodes haematodes (Scarlet Percher) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Nov 2019
Manorina melanophrys (Bell Miner) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Nov 2019
Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Nov 2019
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Nov 2019
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Nov 2019
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Nov 2019
Eucalyptus baueriana (Blue Box) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Nov 2019
Dasypodia selenophora (Granny Moth or Southern Old Lady Moth) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Nov 2019
Corcorax melanorhamphos (White-winged Chough) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Nov 2019
Lentinus arcularius (Fringed Polypore) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Nov 2019
Coelophora inaequalis (Variable Ladybird) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Nov 2019
Diamma bicolor (Blue 'ant') at Brogo, NSW - 1 Nov 2019
Delias nigrina (Black Jezebel) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Oct 2019
Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Oct 2019
Exoneura sp. (Reed Bees) at Brogo, NSW - 29 Oct 2019
Trichosurus vulpecula (Common Brushtail Possum) at Brogo, NSW - 29 Oct 2019
Megachile (Eutricharaea) maculariformis (Leafcutter bee) at Brogo, NSW - 29 Oct 2019
Papilio (Princeps) aegeus (Large Citrus Butterfly) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Oct 2019
Xanthagrion erythroneurum (Red and Blue Damsel) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Oct 2019
Tachybaptus novaehollandiae (Australasian Grebe) at Brogo, NSW - 23 Oct 2019
Coccinella transversalis (Transverse Lady Beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Oct 2019
Coelophora inaequalis (Variable Ladybird) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Oct 2019
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-parrot) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Oct 2019
Calotis lappulacea (Mallee Burr-daisy) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019
Glycine tabacina (Variable Glycine) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019
Scleranthus fasciculatus (Knawel) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019
Zornia dyctiocarpa var. dyctiocarpa (Zornia) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019
Sapromyza sp. (Lauxaniid fly) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019
Melangyna sp. (Hover Fly) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019
Apis (Apis) mellifera (Honey Bee) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019
Hypocysta metirius (Brown Ringlet) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019
Hippodamia variegata (Spotted Amber Ladybird) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Oct 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus (Red-bellied Black Snake) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019
Salix babylonica (Weeping Willow) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019
Marsdenia rostrata (Common Milk-vine) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019
Araujia sericifera (Moth Vine, Moth Plant) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019
Hypolepis glandulifera (Sticky Ground Fern) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019
Viola hederacea (Ivy-leaf Violet) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019
TEPHRITIDAE (family) (Fruit fly or seed fly) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019
Diphucephala sp. (Diphucephala scarab beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Oct 2019
Rhytidoponera metallica (Green-head ant) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Oct 2019
Coccinella transversalis (Transverse Lady Beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Oct 2019
Nysius vinitor (Rutherglen bug) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Oct 2019
Chauliognathus lugubris (Plague Soldier Beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 5 Oct 2019
Coelophora inaequalis (Ladybird beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 5 Oct 2019
Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water-skink) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Sep 2019
Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Sep 2019
Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Sep 2019
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-parrot) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Sep 2019
Wahlenbergia capillaris (Tufted Bluebell) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Sep 2019
Polyrhachis ammon (Golden-spined Ant, Golden Ant) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Sep 2019
Chlorocoma dichloraria (Guenee's or Double-fringed Emerald) at Brogo, NSW - 15 Sep 2019
Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis (Eastern long-necked turtle) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Sep 2019
Idiodes apicata (Bracken Moth) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Zieria cytisoides (Downy Zieria) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Apis (Apis) mellifera (Honey Bee) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Calotis lappulacea (Mallee Burr-daisy) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Philobota protecta at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Einadia nutans subsp. nutans (Nodding Saltbush) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Sorghum leiocladum (Wild Sorghum) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Glycine tabacina (Variable Glycine) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Rubus parvifolius (Native Raspberry) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Imperata cylindrica (Blady Grass) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Wahlenbergia capillaris (Tufted Bluebell) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Desmodium varians (Slender Tick Trefoil) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Chrysocephalum apiculatum (Common Everlasting) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Eunatalis sp. (Clerid beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Sep 2019
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Sep 2019
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Sep 2019

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.762670-36.577257
  • Places Brogo, NSW

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Minor Weed or Pest

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 9 Mar 2019 12:46 PM Recorded on
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