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Asian Ladybug? - Harmonia axyridis

Asian Ladybug? - Harmonia axyridis
Lake Placid, Highlands County, Florida, USA
September 25, 2010
Located on Brazilian Pepper tree.

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Asian Ladybug? - Harmonia axyridis Asian Ladybug? - Harmonia axyridis

Moved

Moved
Moved from Lady Beetles.

yes, with minor fungal infection
Those yellow tufts on the rear of the shell are Laboulbeniales fungus, which is more common on H. axyridis than on our native species.

 
Laboulbeniales on Harmonia axyridis
The fungus probably is Hesperomyces virescens (Fungi, Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales). It occurs on different species of coccinellids, in the following genera: Adalia, Chilocorus, Cycloneda, Eriopsis, Harmonia, Hippodamia, Propylea, Psyllobora, thea.

De Kesel (2011) suggested that, considering its actual prevalence and thallus densities, the introduced coccinellid Harmonia axyridis has become the "main host" of Hesperomyces virescens (in the specific studied area, i.e. National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Meise). However, it is expected that the prevalence of Hesperomyces virescens may increase on native coccinellids.

Feel free to contact me at dhaelewaters[at]fas.harvard.edu when requested more information.

Best wishes,
Danny

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