This species is Peltoschema basicollis. This orange beetle with black spots is clearly a coccinellidae mimic. These beetles are monophagous, obligate feeders on Acacia buxifolia and the beetles were restricted to a small stand of this acacia in a small section of the park. These are easily and commonly mistaken for ladybirds but feature a black suture. There are at least three species of Peltoschema in a complex of ladybird mimic species.
Wangaratta South VIC 3678, Australia
2015-09-11"Peltoschema basicollis is missing from the database. https://sites.google.com/site/peltoschemagallery/peltoschema-basicollis http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/27481 I saw a mixture of bright and pale ones like Linda Rogans example. "
2015-09-13"Peltoschema basicollis added. David"
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