Bug of the Week: Lady Beetle Life Stages

Most of us can recognize adult lady beetles,

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but what about the immature stages, the larvae and pupae?

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Don't they look bizarre? The larva in the third photograph (with the pupa) has attached itself to the leaf in preparation of becoming a pupa too.

These are the larvae and pupa of the multicolored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis . I took these photos on a recent trip to upstate New York. These lady beetles were intentionally introduced to the United States in the early 1980's.

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