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Bug of the Week: Lady Beetle Life Stages

Most of us can recognize adult lady beetles,


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




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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