Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

January 30, 2015

To Become a Ladybug

Filed under: Insects,Mount Eden — paul @ 7:19 am


Yesterday I visited my favourite puriri tree near the top of Mount Eden. Its deeply furrowed bark is a haven for all kinds of creatures. It must have been a day out for numerous white critters like the one shown here. A larva of some kind of ladybug (hyperaspis sp?). In case you are wondering: less than 2 cm long, and the head is near the bottom left in the picture; the white ‘fur coat’ is a waxy extrusion; they hunt scale insects. (The picture below was taken on another occasion, when no such larvae were about.)

Puriri Trunk

Puriri Trunk


  1. The larva certainly is eye catching!

    Comment by William Kendall — January 30, 2015 @ 11:29 am

  2. what an unusual creature

    Comment by Amy — January 30, 2015 @ 5:46 pm

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