Australian ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) : by Stanisław Adam Ślipiński; Australia. Department of the

By Stanisław Adam Ślipiński; Australia. Department of the Environment and Water Resources.; Australian Biological Resources Study

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Three years later, Latreille (1807) used the family name Coccinellidae for a similar grouping of genera and this name is used in nomenclature as the first available family group name for Coccinellidae. But Latreille did not stop there! In a later publication (Latreille 1825) he again renamed the group, this time as the 38 ‘Aphididiphagi’ in which he divided endomychids and coccinellids into separate families. Latreille’s beetle classification, based on number of tarsal segments, was generally accepted with little change for almost a century until three major papers appeared in a space of three years: Lameere (1900), Kolbe (1901) and Ganglbauer (1899, 1903).

Many laboratory studies are hard to compare with field observations because often they involve different species of prey and/or predator. Majerus (1994) thinks that spiders are a major group having impacts on populations of ladybirds both by direct predation and by immobilisation on their webs. Among other predators, ants, flies (Asilidae adults and Syrphidae larvae), Neuroptera larvae and some entomophagous Hemiptera are of considerable importance, depending on the ladybird species and its biology.

Photographs for Figure 13–18 © P. Zborowski 2007. Figs 19–24. Adults and immature stages of ladybirds native to Australia: 32 19, Harmonia testudinaria (Mulsant), photo © P. Chew 2007; 20, Orcus bilunulatus (Boisduval), photo A. Ślipiński, © CSIRO 2007; 21, Harmonia conformis (Boisduval), larva cannibalising pupa, photo © R. , mature larva, photo A. Ślipiński, © CSIRO; 33 23, Harmonia octomaculata (Fabricius), photo © P. Chew 2007; 24, Apolinus lividigaster (Mulsant), photo © P. Chew 2007. Figs 25–30.

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