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Insects at Barren Box - 11 November 2017

Jewel Beetle (Family: Buprestidae) on an Austral Hollyhock Lavatera plebela flower - Nick May.Two spotted Lady bird, Adalia bipuncata (Family: Coccinellidae) - Nick MayType of wasp so Hymenoptera: Apocrita - Nick May The first picture (left) is of a Jewel Beetle (Family: Buprestidae) on an Austral Hollyhock Lavatera plebela flower.But this group of beetle have large eyes, are usually colourful, sometimes metallic and most larvae of this family are wood borers.

The next photo (centre) is of the Two spotted Lady bird, Adalia bipuncata (Family: Coccinellidae). This lady bird was introduced from Europe to control exotic aphids. The form can vary a bit. Some are primarily black with red spots, others mainly red with black spots like this one. The number of spots can also vary.