Lady Beetle Pupa

Subject: What is this?
Location: Northern California
April 29, 2013 10:51 pm
Do you have any idea what kind of bug this is? it is all over my pride of madeira plant. Thanks.
Signature: Steve

Lady Beetle Pupa
Lady Beetle Pupa

Dear Steve,
All insects undergo metamorphosis, and those that undergo complete metamorphosis like butterflies and beetles often have immature forms that look nothing like the adult insect.  This is the pupa of a Lady Beetle or Ladybug.  Ladybug is a common name not recognized by scientists since they are actually beetles.  The larva of a Lady Beetle is often compared to a small alligator.

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