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The larva looks somewhat like a tiny alligator, with mostly black coloration, orange markings (including a broad orange stripe along each side) and double-branched spines. Very few people encountering one for the first time would recognize it as a young "ladybug." It grows to be larger than the eventual adult size. The pupa is an elongated dome shape, usually found attached to a leaf, with the spiky remains of the last larval skin usually clinging to one end. The branched spines of this skin are usually visible. (information from BugGuide)
Vacant lot filled with thistle, behind a gas station.
Spotted on May 5, 2013
Submitted on May 6, 2013