Mele's picture

Is this a cryptolaemus larvae?

Observed: 1st July 2011 By: MeleMele’s reputation in InvertebratesMele’s reputation in Invertebrates
Cryptolaemus 1

Tiny white fluffy larvae walking about on the soil on the edge of a track by a small xmas tree plantation. Near to abandoned greenhouse and rough grassland.

  • Cryptolaemus spp
    Confidence: It might be this.
    Likely ID
    Scymnidae sp
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


markgtelfer's picture


There is a similar photo in Roger Hawkins' Ladybirds of Surrey book, of Scymnus auritus.

Mele's picture

Scymnus also look like mealy bugs...

Thanks Mark. If I'd had better control of the camera I might have got better shots! Both camera and speedy larvae were against me.

rimo's picture

Most of the larvae of family

Most of the larvae of family Scymnidae look like this, and are effectively unidentifiable as larvae. Scymnus auritus is a possibility, as one of the commoner species, but is usually found on trees rather than low-growing herbiage.

Cryptolaemus is not native to the UK, but is introduced into greenhouses as a pest control species. Small populations do occasionally establish outside greenhouses during the summer months, but die off again during the winter

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