|Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR)
|Date Taken: 2016-02-02|
|Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD|
|Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2016-02-02 9:30|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Chilocorus bipustulatus (Linnaeus 1758)|
Common name: heather ladybird
Chilocorus pipustulatus is a very small coccinelid 2mm-3 mm very common in cretan fauna. These beetles are found in most of Europe, in East Palearctic ecozone, in the Near East and in North Africa.
The elytra of this small beetle have a shining brown colour with two reddish-orange spots on each elytron (hence the Latin word bipustulatus, meaning two-blistered). Sometime three spots run in an horizontal line and join into two larger stains.
The mature larva is about 5 millimetres (0.20 in) long. Wintering occurs as an adult.
Heather ladybirds feed on aphids and scale insects, small insects mainly belonging to the family Coccidae and Diaspididae (Saissetia oleae, Aspidiotus nerii, Chionaspis salicis, Chrysomphalus aonidum, Pseudaulacaspis pentagona, Planococcus citri, etc.).Here it feeds on Ceroplastis ruscii nymphs on laura. Therefore this species has been introduced worldwide for biological control in case of infestations. Here it feeds on Coccids of leaves of Laura nobilis.
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- [2016-02-02 10:47]
Hi Nikos,excellent capture of this small ladybird,the sharpness ins't the best but still good and it's always difficult to work correct with species like that.Bright colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano