Common Name=Fungus-eating Ladybird
Genus/Species=Illeis galbula (Mulsant, 1850)
Distribution=Common and found throughout Australia.
Description=At around 4–5mm long these ladybird beetles are slightly smaller than some other common species and distincly marked
with bright yellow and black, so can't be confused with another species.
Life Cycle=They feed on mould and I have observed adults and larva each summer in my mother's vegetable patch
on the leaves of pumkin, cucumber and, most commonly, zucchini.