Genus: Epilachna dregei (Potato ladybird)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Coleoptera (beetles) > Polyphaga > Superfamily: Cucujoidea > Family: Coccinellidae (ladybirds) > Subfamily: Epilachninae

Lays eggs and feeds on potato and tomato leaves. Larvae feed on the underside of the leaves and adults on the top side. Adults congregate in large numbers and spend the dry season on hilltops.

Epilachna dregei

Epilachna dregei

Adult Epilachna dregei , 8mm. Mating pair. [image by A. Weaving , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

Epilachna dregei larva. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

 

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