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Found all over Peony (Paeonia sp.) Bushes.
Yep that would the perfect way to conclude an ID finding adventure, You are absolutely right J we are the true invasive species and I guess that is the most important thing, that people like us, who loves nature and enjoy its beauty should accept. J and LauraMaria, I thank both of you for your comments. I have learnt so much about ladybirds in trying to identify this one spotter.
namitha, good point! Maybe we are the true invasive species!
But there is still another face to it , even though we call them invasive we and our ancestors made them such invasive organisms. We took them to places where they would never have gone on their own. No ladybird could have travelled on its own to America from Europe!. I was just trying to view it from a different angle.
namitha and Laura! I totally agree. A very subtly destructive species! And then we in the US say you get bad luck for seven years if you kill one...it seems as if the human race is promoting the invasive species!
The way the pupa forms does give the illusion that it's an adult ladybug though, Namitha! It would be very easy to mistake it for a full adult if you didn't look close enough, I agree that those little processes at the end almost look like legs! Looks like the harlequin ladybug is taking over the world...!
Hi J, we don't have many Harmonia axyridis' here in India. I haven't seen any, so from the picture I thought the white fibre like processes at the end was the extension of its leg that is why I said that its not the pupal stage, and now that we are sure that its the pupal stage, its not 14 spot ladybug because its pupa doesn't look anything like this [very similar but not the same]. But by what LauraMaria said about the changing colours I think your first guess was right. Sorry I gave a wrong lead. Anyway, 14 spotted ladybird is an introduced species in North America [it was introduced to America from Europe many years ago and it has been reintroduced in many states in an attempt to control the Russian Wheat Aphid]. So you will probably come across it soon if you haven't yet.
Awesome, well not really since it is an invasive species here too... :) Thanks Laura! You can go ahead and suggest an ID if you'd like!
Definitely a pupating ladybug, and I think you're correct with your guess of harlequin ladybug, J! They start off with a lot of red to black, but as they mature they get darker. But those bristles at the top are the IDing feature. We have them here in England as an invasive, so I was actually only looking them up last week to make sure a ladybug I'd found wasn't a harlequin! Here's a mature pupa, but you can see the bristles: http://www.bugsandweeds.co.uk/beetles/ha...
I am quite sure it was in a pupal stage because as you can see towards the top, it was quite latched upon this leaf. I don't think it is the fourteen spot lady bird because its pupa looks like this: http://bugguide.net/node/view/309955/bgi...The young adults of Propylea quatuordecimpunctata are very pale, not this very red color.
I think it is a 14-sport ladybird. I could count 14 spots in this photo. So it could be Propylea quatuordecimpunctata. But I doubt whether it is the pupal stage or the young adult stage.
Spotted on Jun 5, 2012 Submitted on Jun 9, 2012
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