Mealybug Ladybird Cryptolaemus montrouzieri
Other name: Mealybug Destroyer
A large distinctive species, used as a biological control for Mealybugs, Pseudococcus and present in some glass houses. Not established outdoors.
Identification Length 3.5-4.5mm
Black hairy wingcases, bright orange head and pronotum, with orange on rear wingcases and protruding abdomen are distinctive.
Photo by Mark Hows
The only way to see this species is to visit greenhouses open to the public, where this species is used for biological control.
Some examples where this species has been recorded include:
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
Tropical House, Woodthorpe Grange, Notts.