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Eleven-spotted ladybird

Eleven-spotted ladybird

The eleven-spotted ladybird was introduced to New Zealand in 1874 to control aphids. An adult or larval ladybird can consume up to 50 aphids a day.

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George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - Introduced species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007