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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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Calyptorhynchus funereus at Brogo, NSW - 17 Mar 2019
Illeis galbula at Brogo, NSW - 9 Mar 2019
Trigonidomorpha sjostedti at Brogo, NSW - 9 Mar 2019
Eulamprus heatwolei at Brogo, NSW - 7 Mar 2019
POMPILIDAE at Brogo, NSW - 17 Feb 2019
Agaricus sp. (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Feb 2019
Hemicordulia australiae at Brogo, NSW - 16 Feb 2019
Microcarbo melanoleucos at Brogo, NSW - 13 Feb 2019
Pholodes sinistraria at Brogo, NSW - 12 Feb 2019
ALYDIDAE (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Feb 2019
Unidentified Fungus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Feb 2019
Papilio anactus at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019
Musgraveia sulciventris at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019
Poecilopachys australasia at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019
Lema (Quasilema) daturaphila at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Diplacodes haematodes at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Xanthagrion erythroneurum at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Hemicordulia australiae at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Ischnura heterosticta at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Jalmenus evagoras at Brogo, NSW - 21 Jan 2019
Pachycephala rufiventris at Brogo, NSW - 16 Jan 2019
Varanus varius at Brogo, NSW - 14 Jan 2019
CRABRONIDAE at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Unidentified Fungus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Coprinus sp. at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Cyathus stercoreus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Panaeolus sp. at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Orthetrum caledonicum at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Ischnura heterosticta at Brogo, NSW - 11 Jan 2019
Adversaeschna brevistyla at Brogo, NSW - 11 Jan 2019
Dasypodia selenophora at Brogo, NSW - 9 Jan 2019
Junonia villida at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Astraeus hygrometricus at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica at Brogo, NSW - 26 Dec 2018
Pachycephala pectoralis at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018
Zosterops lateralis at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018
Colluricincla harmonica at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018
Eolophus roseicapillus at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018
Nyctophilus geoffroyi at Brogo, NSW - 22 Dec 2018
Larentiinae sp at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018
Camponotus suffusus at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018
Glycine clandestina at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018
Haloragis exalata subsp. exalatata at Brogo, NSW - 18 Dec 2018
Calvatia lilacina (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Glycine tabacina at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Wahlenbergia capillaris at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Wahlenbergia gracilis at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Unidentified Moth (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Oxalis sp. at Brogo, NSW - 14 Dec 2018
Epilachna sp. (genus) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Dec 2018
Aulacophora hilaris (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Dec 2018
Solanum chenopodioides at Brogo, NSW - 13 Dec 2018
Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis at Brogo, NSW - 12 Dec 2018
Creophilus erythrocephalus at Brogo, NSW - 10 Dec 2018
Centaurium tenuiflorum at Brogo, NSW - 9 Dec 2018
Dasypodia selenophora at Brogo, NSW - 7 Dec 2018
Diatenes aglossoides at Brogo, NSW - 26 Nov 2018
Unidentified Ant / Bee / Wasp (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Nov 2018
Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus at Brogo, NSW - 20 Nov 2018
Lampropholis delicata at Brogo, NSW - 19 Nov 2018
Myzomela sanguinolenta at Brogo, NSW - 4 Nov 2018
Pomaderris brogoensis at Brogo, NSW - 2 Nov 2018
TIPHIIDAE sp. at Brogo, NSW - 1 Nov 2018
Alisterus scapularis at Brogo, NSW - 1 Nov 2018
Acacia falciformis at Brogo, NSW - 31 Oct 2018
Leucosarcia melanoleuca at Brogo, NSW - 31 Oct 2018
Todiramphus sanctus at Brogo, NSW - 22 Oct 2018
Tiliqua scincoides at Brogo, NSW - 22 Oct 2018
Falco (Ieracidea) berigora berigora at Brogo, NSW - 19 Oct 2018
Nyctophilus geoffroyi at Brogo, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Rhinolophus megaphyllus at Brogo, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Falco (Ieracidea) berigora berigora at Brogo, NSW - 15 Oct 2018
Cacomantis flabelliformis at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Philemon corniculatus at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Rhipidura leucophrys at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Alisterus scapularis at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Macropygia (Macropygia) amboinensis at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Caligavis chrysops at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018
Pachycephala pectoralis at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018
Acanthiza chrysorrhoa at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018
Acanthiza reguloides at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018
Pittosporum revolutum at Brogo, NSW - 26 Sep 2018
Litoria peronii at Brogo, NSW - 24 Sep 2018
Pittosporum undulatum at Brogo, NSW - 21 Sep 2018
Zosterops lateralis at Brogo, NSW - 21 Sep 2018
Caligavis chrysops at Brogo, NSW - 19 Sep 2018
Calyptorhynchus funereus at Brogo, NSW - 17 Sep 2018
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus at Brogo, NSW - 17 Sep 2018
Leucosarcia melanoleuca at Brogo, NSW - 14 Sep 2018
Zosterops lateralis at Brogo, NSW - 13 Sep 2018
Eulamprus heatwolei at Brogo, NSW - 13 Sep 2018
Pseudonaja textilis at Brogo, NSW - 13 Sep 2018
Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis at Brogo, NSW - 3 Sep 2018
Petroica rosea at Brogo, NSW - 2 Sep 2018
Microeca fascinans at Brogo, NSW - 2 Sep 2018
Meliphaga lewinii at Brogo, NSW - 2 Sep 2018
Wallabia bicolor at Brogo, NSW - 31 Aug 2018
Cracticus tibicen at Brogo, NSW - 29 Aug 2018

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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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