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Ladybug Larvae

scymnus sp.

Description:

The typical Ladybug Larva looks similar to a tiny spotted alligator. Ladybug larva are voracious predators which hunt aphids, scale insects and mites. They can eat up to 24 aphids a day.

Habitat:

UK, Ireland, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, India and Malta.

Notes:

The larval phase of the Ladybug's development is 2 to 3 weeks in duration. During this period the larva molts 3 times and grows up to 1.2 cm in length. Some species of larvae may secrete a white wax like substance.

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16 Comments

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

@Chief: Yes ..i too amazed when i say it..thank you...Was in native for diwali, so couldnt comment....

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

@Asergio: Thank you...Yes, its very evenly distributed....

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

@Leuba: Plant is somewhat far from my room..i finished festival and came...Soon i ll post photos of plant if it helps...thank you....

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

@Lauren and Auntnance: Yes indeed...I agree it is Ladybug larvae...I found very similar white species in following links...
http://www.curiousgardener.com/2012/02/0...
http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_...
http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/showima...
http://bugguide.net/node/view/300779

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

@David46 : Its not a butterfly Larve i think...Even when i googled i found very differing results....

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

I agree with auntnance123 that it is a Ladybug larva.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Adarsha, if you know what kind of plant it was on, this might give you a clue. I don't believe it is parasitised -the white "tubercles" appear evenly spaced and very regular but, need an expert to comment !

auntnance123
auntnance123 8 years ago

A ladybug larva, scymnus sp.?

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

The "spikes" are too regularly distributed for being an infestation. Congratulations, Adarsha.

David46
David46 8 years ago

It looks like a butterfly larvae infected with wasp eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the grubs will eat the larvae alive. I'm not sure though.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Yes Nuwan...I thought that it is some seed of that plant..But then i observed it was moving n not attached at all!...

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

that's cool ! nice find :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

It hangs on the tree or grass! You can clearly observe from second picture!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

I'm very curious what it is! Nice spotting!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

@Yuko: I too felt wow..confused yet first, is it a species or a plant! But movement made me sure...

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Wow!

Adarsha B S
Spotted by
Adarsha B S

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Spotted on Nov 5, 2012
Submitted on Nov 5, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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