Subject: orange bug from basswood
Location: Natick, MA
June 25, 2014 2:30 pm
any idea what this is? It was on an American Basswood (Tilia americana) tree leef. The chewing damage might be from it, or from the winter moths that have already attacked the tree, or from something else entirely.
I found another one on the tree, this time with spots. Still don’t know what it is though.
Both of your images are of Pupa of Lady Beetles, and we are not certain if they are the same species, though we suspect both belong to the nonnative Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle which is pictured on BugGuide. Coloration of pupae of many insects changes over the course of metamorphosis, and we suspect the pupa image with the spots is closer to the emergence time of the adult Lady Beetle, often commonly called a Ladybug. While most folks would recognize a Lady Beetle or Ladybug, many do not recognize the other stages of the metamorphosis, including the pupa and the Larva, which has been likened to a tiny alligator by many of our readers.