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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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(TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Feb 2019 Hemicordulia australiae (Australian Emerald) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Feb 2019 Microcarbo melanoleucos (Little Pied Cormorant) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Feb 2019 Pholodes sinistraria (Pholodes sinistraria) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Feb 2019 ALYDIDAE (family) (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Feb 2019 Unidentified Fungus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Feb 2019 Papilio anactus (Dainty Swallowtail) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019 Musgraveia sulciventris (Bronze Orange Bug) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019 Poecilopachys australasia (Two-spined spider) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019 Lema (Quasilema) daturaphila (Three-lined potato beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019 Diplacodes haematodes (Scarlet Percher) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019 Xanthagrion erythroneurum (Red and Blue Damsel) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019 Hemicordulia australiae (Australian Emerald) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019 Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019 Jalmenus evagoras (Common Imperial Blue) at Brogo, NSW - 21 Jan 2019 Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Jan 2019 Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Jan 2019 CRABRONIDAE (Unidentified crabronid wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019 Unidentified Fungus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019 Coprinus sp. (Coprinus) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019 Cyathus stercoreus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019 Panaeolus sp. (Panaeolus) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019 Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019 Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Jan 2019 Adversaeschna brevistyla (Blue-spotted Hawker) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Jan 2019 Dasypodia selenophora (Granny Moth or Southern Old Lady Moth) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Jan 2019 Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018 Astraeus hygrometricus (Barometer Earthstar) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018 Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica (Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Dec 2018 Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018 Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018 Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018 Eolophus roseicapillus (Galah) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018 Nyctophilus geoffroyi (Lesser Long-eared Bat) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Dec 2018 Larentiinae sp. at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018
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
Cernia amyclaria (TBC) 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
Unidentified Moth (TBC) 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
Pseudechis porphyriacus (Red-bellied Black Snake) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Sep 2019
Pittosporum revolutum (Large-fruited Pittosporum) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Sep 2019
Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis (Eastern long-necked turtle) at Brogo, NSW - 8 Sep 2019
Meliphaga lewinii (Lewin's Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 2 Sep 2019
Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water-skink) at Brogo, NSW - 2 Sep 2019
Acacia melanoxylon (Blackwood) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Aug 2019
Trichosurus vulpecula (Common Brushtail Possum) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Aug 2019
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Aug 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus (Red-bellied Black Snake) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Aug 2019
Dacelo novaeguineae (Laughing Kookaburra) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Aug 2019
Hardenbergia violacea (Purple coral pea, Native sarsaparilla) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Aug 2019
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Brogo, NSW - 7 Aug 2019
Cracticus tibicen (Australian Magpie) at Brogo, NSW - 3 Aug 2019
Dacelo novaeguineae (Laughing Kookaburra) at Brogo, NSW - 3 Aug 2019
Microeca fascinans (Jacky Winter) at Brogo, NSW - 28 Jul 2019
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 27 Jul 2019
Acanthiza lineata (Striated Thornbill) at Brogo, NSW - 27 Jul 2019
Pseudocheirus peregrinus (Common Ringtail Possum) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Jul 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus (Red-bellied Black Snake) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Jul 2019
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Jun 2019
Corymbia maculata (Spotted Gum) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Jun 2019
Eucalyptus stricta at Brogo, NSW - 24 Jun 2019
Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Jun 2019
Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Jun 2019
Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Jun 2019
Musca sp. (Fly) at Brogo, NSW - 30 May 2019
Boreoides subulatus (Wingless soldier fly) at Brogo, NSW - 28 May 2019
Oudemansiella 'radicata group' (Rooting Shank) at Brogo, NSW - 19 May 2019
Delias nigrina (Black Jezebel) at Brogo, NSW - 14 May 2019
STRATIOMYIDAE (Soldier fly) at Brogo, NSW - 2 May 2019
Exaireta spinigera (Garden soldier fly) at Brogo, NSW - 1 May 2019
Camponotus suffusus (Golden-tailed sugar ant) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Apr 2019
Gymnopilus junonius (Gymnopilus junonius) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Apr 2019
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Apr 2019
Litoria verreauxii (Verreaux's Frog) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Apr 2019
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Apr 2019
Xanthagrion erythroneurum (Red and Blue Damsel) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Apr 2019
Gymnopilus sp. (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Mar 2019
Calyptorhynchus funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Mar 2019
Calyptorhynchus funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Mar 2019
Illeis galbula (Fungus-eating Ladybird) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Mar 2019
Trigonidomorpha sjostedti (Trigonidiid cricket) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Mar 2019
Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water-skink) at Brogo, NSW - 7 Mar 2019
Eragrostis brownii (Common Lovegrass) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Mar 2019
POMPILIDAE (Unidentified Spider wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Feb 2019
Agaricus sp. (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Feb 2019
Hemicordulia australiae (Australian Emerald) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Feb 2019
Microcarbo melanoleucos (Little Pied Cormorant) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Feb 2019
Pholodes sinistraria (Pholodes sinistraria) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Feb 2019
ALYDIDAE (family) (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Feb 2019
Unidentified Fungus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Feb 2019
Papilio anactus (Dainty Swallowtail) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019
Musgraveia sulciventris (Bronze Orange Bug) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019
Poecilopachys australasia (Two-spined spider) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019
Lema (Quasilema) daturaphila (Three-lined potato beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Diplacodes haematodes (Scarlet Percher) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Xanthagrion erythroneurum (Red and Blue Damsel) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Hemicordulia australiae (Australian Emerald) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Jalmenus evagoras (Common Imperial Blue) at Brogo, NSW - 21 Jan 2019
Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Jan 2019
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Jan 2019
CRABRONIDAE (Unidentified crabronid wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Unidentified Fungus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Coprinus sp. (Coprinus) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Cyathus stercoreus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Panaeolus sp. (Panaeolus) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Jan 2019
Adversaeschna brevistyla (Blue-spotted Hawker) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Jan 2019
Dasypodia selenophora (Granny Moth or Southern Old Lady Moth) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Jan 2019
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Astraeus hygrometricus (Barometer Earthstar) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica (Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Dec 2018
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018
Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018
Eolophus roseicapillus (Galah) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018
Nyctophilus geoffroyi (Lesser Long-eared Bat) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Dec 2018
Larentiinae sp. at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018

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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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