Ladybug zigzag Oenopia conglobata
French: Zigzag Ladybird Ladybird pink
This species is widespread and associated with deciduous trees. It feeds on aphids, Psyllids or larvae and eggs of leaf beetles.
The species is easily recognized by three criteria: medium-sized, pink elytra and dark sutures. However, the layout and the number of tasks (in principle 16) are highly variable.
The species is strictly subservient to hardwood, both trees in forest areas than in more open areas, including parks and gardens; especially abundant in urban areas (San Martin, 2003).
Hardwoods, mainly oak (Quercus), but also willow and other woody, as well as on Ivy.
Diet : mainly aphidiphage but also feed on Psyllids, larvae and eggs of leaf beetles (of Gunst, 1978; Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1982; Kanervo, 1946)
Many aphids, larvae of Chrysomelidae, pollen and nectar.
Pink elytra darkened suture. Tasks, typically with the number 16, can all more or less merge. Happens also that the background color changes to the ochrace (the insect then resembles Tytthaspis 16-punctata, but this exceeds never 3 mm). Similarly, stains from o. conglobata are often quadrangular, evoking, in yellowish forms, Propylea 14 - punctata that has roughly the same size and frequently blackened suture. But in this ladybug, the eyes are half hidden by the anterior edge of the pronotum.
This species overwinters in small agglomerates in bark crevices, often also in homes.
(Source: Atlas of ladybugs of the handle 2003 - Yves Le Monnier and Alain Livory)
Photo and comment Catherine Lebeau (Picardy) Asian pink coupling cox and cox
23/04/2014 observed on a rose (rosa rugosa) 3 Asian ladybugs couplings between them, but I was surprised to see a mating between a male of pink beetle (a little less than 4 mm) with a female of Asian ladybug (a little more than 8 mm) (Oenopia conglobata on Harmonia axyridis male female)
Published May 7, 2012 by FrogServiceRoma
Accoppiamento Ladybug (Oenopia conglobata). Primavera risveglia natura, accoppiamento e a passo fundamental per it proseguo della specie.
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