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February 2004. A question from Malaysis about the identification of a 12-spotted beetle (top, left) on Solanum melongena.
The phytophagous coccinellid in question is really an epilachninid. The current name is Henosepilachnapusillanima (Mulsant). There are few more “Epilachna 12-punctata” which are closely related and are all phytophagous not carnivorous nor predatory. H pusillanima is commonly observed feeding on solanaceous plants as well as some cucurbits in Thailand including the peninsular area adjacent to Malaysia.
Others were sent later (top righ & lower row) and it was suggested tht they be sent to Dr. J Poorani, Project Directorate on Biological Control, Post Box 2491, Hebbal, Bangalore, Karanataka, India.
Another Henosepilachna species, H cucurbitae, was identifed feeding on wild bittermelon in guam. Photos of this phytophagus ladybeetle can be seen at: gisac.guam.net/index.php/Epilachna.