Subject: Orange bug with black spots? Related to a different black bug with orange spots?
Location: Irvine, CA
December 8, 2012 1:03 pm
I recently moved in to a high rise apartment in Irvine, CA, and the other day I started seeing these two bugs. They don’t seem to move and I’ve only seen them in the one spot outside, I. A wall of a rock bed growing bamboo. What is it???
This is the pupa of a Lady Beetle. Insects that undergo metamorphosis have two active stages, the larva and the imago or adult, and two inactive stages, the egg and the pupa. When the weather conditions are right and the proper amount of time has elapsed, this pupa will metamorphose into an adult Lady Beetle or Ladybug. This appears to be the pupa of a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis, an introduced species, and you can compare your image to the photos posted to BugGuide. Your third photo (the second in our posting) is the larva of the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle.