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Lady Bug (under construction)



This spotting is about a ladybug larvae entering the pupal stage. The larva goes through a process of transformation directed by special cells called "histoblasts". These cells control a biochemical process which breaks down the larval body and reforms it into the adult ladybug. The pupa attaches itself to a leaf and remains still while this process is ongoing. At the end of this process, the adult ladybug (imago) have soft exoskeletons; they are vulnerable to predators until the shell (cuticle) hardens. The pupal stage lasts 3-12 days


Backyard garden/butterfly bush.


A photo of the larvae is included with this spotting for reference.

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ElaineWebb 10 years ago

Thank you, alicelongmartin!

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Excellent series!

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Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Aug 26, 2013
Submitted on Aug 27, 2013

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