Ladybug larva molting

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Ladybug larva molting
Location: Naperville, IL
July 7, 2011 10:30 pm
Dear Daniel~
I have many, many ladybugs and green lacewings this year on my milkweed. I thought I would share some cool photos: an adult ladybug staring me down, a ladybug larva that is molting and an earlier instar that is eating an aphid. Have a wonderful weekend! Best regards.
Signature: Dori Eldridge

Lady Beetle Larva Molting

Hi Dori,
Thanks for sending all of your fabulous photographs.  We do not mean to malign a beneficial insect like the Lady Beetle, but your adult, and most likely the larvae as well, is a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, an introduced species that is thriving in North America and crowding out our native Lady Beetles which are becoming scarcer each year.  While it is doubtful that anything can be done to curb the spread of the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, we can at least try to take steps to save our diminishing native populations.

Lady Beetle Larva eats Aphid


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