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Bug of the Week: Completing Lady Beetle Life Cycle

Back on March 25, 2020, we reported seeing lady beetles.

Two weeks later we found lady beetle larvae.

Any idea what this might be?

lady beetle pupaThis is a lady beetle pupa. Is you look really closely you can see the shed exoskeleton of the larva at the point of attachment.

convergent lady beetle
What kind? Those are convergent lady beetle pupae. Last night this stem had a pupa. Today it has a new adult beetle. Can you see the converging white lines on the thorax that gives it the common name?

If I could only find a few eggs, but it is likely these new adults will migrate to the mountains. Maybe next year...

 

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