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Ladybirds

Here's another surprizing little pow-wow I came across in our garden. I found these bugs all piled up like this on my rounds of the garden.

Ladybirds

Soon as I showed up they started to dispurse in a hurry; your typical "Oh shit, it's the cops! Run!" move.

Ladybirds

I showed these photos to my uncle, and he reckons they're a type of ladybird (ladybug to Americans) but I haven't been able to find a satisfactory identifying photo online just yet.
They're quite beautiful, but I have a feeling they're not the helpful kind of ladybird... I think they're the ones who've been putting all those holes in the leaves!

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pinkpuppybelly
Dec. 24th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
How pretty!
starfallz
Dec. 24th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Wow, neat! You could bug Gryllus or submit it to http://www.whatsthatbug.com/
kanawinkie
Dec. 24th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks! I'm amused that their "What's that bug Down Under?" tag is so popular, I'm looking back through their archives now but I might post these photos for them to figure out!

Thanks for that heads up!
kanawinkie
Dec. 24th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
So I submitted my photos to the Bugman at whatsthatbug.com and he came back with immature stink beetles! Who knew!
starfallz
Jan. 5th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Glad I was able to help. :)
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kanawinkie
Dec. 24th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Wow! That photo on the first site of the cluster of nymphs looks pretty close to exactly right!
I sent the photos into the whatsthatbug.com website Starfallz sent me to last night and Bugman there suggested immature stink beetles!

The Cotton Harlequin ones sounds more right to me though, they were on our hibiscus tree!
That website also says the males are much smaller then the females, so I might have interrupted a wild orgy as well (in which case the "embarrassed" quick flee is quite understandable!)
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kanawinkie
Dec. 25th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
That would be them, then! What an exciting little bit of detective work!

I remember spraying water from the hose at the big stinkbugs on my cousins grapefruit tree and giggling for hours at the smell they made when I was little; I'll happily pass on poking these little beauties! ;)
defaultlisa
Dec. 24th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! Wish we had them in the States-- trade you some ladybugs!
kanawinkie
Dec. 24th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
They are gorgeous!
Sadly it seems they are not ladybirds at all, rather either an immature stinkbug (groossss! I've seen adult ones before; there is a definite reason they have that name!) Or a Cotton (or Hibiscus) Harlequin Bug.
Either way they alas are not very friendly bugs to have in your garden.
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