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Ladybug larvae look somewhat like tiny alligators, with elongated bodies and bumpy exoskeletons. In many species, the ladybug larvae are black with brightly colored spots or bands. The ladybug nymph is about 1/2 inch in length, with an elongated, spiny body. It is black with red, orange or white markings. Their appearance can be quite alarming, but they won't harm either you or your plants. They will spend several weeks eating pest insects until they eventually pupate and emerge as adults.
Our garden, Windwardside. At the foot of the volcano Mount Scenery on Saba in the Caribbean Sea.
We have an aphid problem here on the island and not enough ladybugs to deal with them. Last week I saw 2 ladybugs and now this larvae. Things are looking up! :-)