Micraspis flavovittata

Harmonia conformis Illeis galbula Micraspis flavovittata Micraspis frenata
distribution map
Source: ALA

Adult, Oct 2014

Adult, Oct 2014

possibly feeding on pollen

Larva, Nov 2014
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Common Name(none)
FamilyCoccinellidae
Genus/SpeciesMicraspis flavovittata (Crotch, 1874)
AbundanceRare, only rediscovered in 2014. Only four known records existed before 2014, all from around Melbourne (Pope, 1989):
1 Melbourne, collected before 1853 ♂ (type specimen), held by BMNH
2 Kallista, 1944 ♂ missing, possibly not returned by Pope to NMV
3 Narbethong, 1949 ♂ held by NMV
4 Narbethong, 1949 ♀ held by NMV
DistributionThe only recent records are from nearby sites in Discovery Bay Coastal Park in far south-west Victoria.
HabitatOnly found in swamps on or near large water-ribbon Triglochin procera and bull-rush Typha domingensis. No habitat or detailed location information was provided by the historic collections. It is possible they may be found at other similar ephemeral or semi-permanent swamps in south-eastern Australia.
Behaviour &
Life Cycle
This species has not been scientifically studied but my observations include adults in large numbers around flowering Triglochin, an aquatic plant that produces a tall flower spike (up to around half a metre) with copius amounts of pollen. Both adults and larva were observed possibly feeding on decaying plant material.
Similar Species
& Identification
This ladybird beetle is similar in size and appearance to its sibling species Micraspis frenata (a very common species) and Micraspis furcifera (an uncommon species) — both widely distributed throughout Australia. Those species feature predominantly orange coloration with black, line-type markings whereas M. flavovittata generally has a more yellow coloration. The dark markings on the side of M. frenata have very rounded "hooks" and for M. furcifera the horizontal line is usually isolated from a black dot above it and to the front. For M. flavovittata the black mark on the sides are sharply pointed and usually fused to the dorsal and front markings, giving the appearance of orange triangles.
LinksALA (distribution records)
Museum Victoria (rediscovery press release)
Rediscovery of the Rare Coccinellid Micraspis Flavovittata in Western Victoria Australian Entomologist, 2015, 42 (2): 73-76

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