Mealybug ladybird

Villa Olga, Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

Mealybug ladybird
Species Genus Family
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Cryptolaemus Coccinellidae
Order Class Phylum
Coleoptera Insecta Arthopoda

The adults and larvae of these insects eat scale insects, especially mealybugs. Female ladybirds lay small groups of eggs among the cottony egg masses of mealybugs and by scale insects. A larva hatches from each egg. It is covered with white flocculent wax and looks like a woolly mealybug, camouflaging themselves like a wolf in sheep's clothing.[1]