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Ladybird (Flax ladybird) Hoangus venustus

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Coccinellidae
Genus: Hoangus
Species: H. venustus
Binomial name: Hoangus venustus
Synonyms: Cassiculus venustus
Common name: Flax Ladybird

Hoangus venustus is a 4 mm long species of ladybird beetle that is native to New Zealand. Its has orange on each side of its head with black strip down the middle, the black wing cases have an orange strip around their edge. There are two distinctive orange dots on each of the two black wing cases..
Hoangus venustus is found in the North Island on New Zealand flax (Phormium) and Toetoe (cutty grass), reportedly eating the mealybugs that live there.


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