Ed. Note: Happy New Year
What’s That Bug? has been appearing as an online column since 1998 (originally on the now defunct American Homebody website) and then as a unique website since 2002. If we consider the development of the website to be our true date of birth, we are beginning our thirteenth year online. Our first Bug of the Month was the Dobsonfly in June 2006, and each month since then, we featured some bug that is representative of the season or relevant for some other reason. Since the beginning of the new year is always a kind of rebirth, we thought you might enjoy this positively gorgeous set of images of the Metamorphosis of the Ladybird Beetle that were shot on Barbados.
Subject: different stages in a ladybird’s development
December 30, 2013 8:39 pm
That is good to know. i will send in some pics occasionally but for now i think this set will make a great addition to your site. It is a set of the different stages in a ladybird’s development. eggs > larvae > pupa > adult and one of an adult with a buffet of aphids.
Thank you so much for sending us your beautiful images documenting the metamorphosis of a Lady Beetle on Barbados. We haven’t had much luck determining the species, however we are thrilled to find it is not the invasive, exotic Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, a species that has gotten a strong hold in North America, and which we fear might be resulting in a drop in the populations of native Lady Beetle species because of the fierce competition as well as aggressive predation.
It is the time of the month for us to select a Bug of the Month for January 2014, and we have selected your submission to run on our scrolling banner for the next month. We thought metamorphosis would be a lovely subtext for the beginning of the new year. So Happy New Year to all of our faithful readers as well as to our new visitors.
As an aside, the photo of the Lady Beetle feeding on the Aphids allows us to tag this as a Food Chain posting.