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(Newly emerged) Asian Ladybird Beetle

Harmonia axyridis

Description:

This ladybug just emerged when I walked up. You can see how translucent it still is and how it walks on and around the pupal exoskeleton (exuvia).

Habitat:

On a chain link fence under palm trees.

Notes:

This beetle is native to eastern Asia and was introduced to North America and Europe to control aphids and scale insects. Aka Japanese ladybug and Harlequin ladybird. "H. axyridis, like other lady beetles or ladybirds, uses isopropyl methoxy pyrazine as a defensive chemical to deter predation, but also contains this chemical in its hemolymph at much higher concentrations than many other such species. These insects will "reflex bleed" when agitated, releasing hemolymph from their legs. The liquid has a foul odor (similar to that of dead leaves) and can cause stains. Some people have allergic reactions, including allergic rhinoconjunctivitis when exposed to these beetles. Sometimes, the beetles will bite humans, presumably in an attempt to acquire salt, although many people feel a pricking sensation as a lady beetle walks across the skin. Bites normally do no more harm than cause irritation although a small number of people are allergic to bites." - Wikipedia I shot this with my compact Canon PowerShot G12 using the scene mode of Kids & Pets and manual focus.

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17 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you Yasser! I love the emerging spottings. It's amazing what arthropods can do!

Yasser
Yasser 10 years ago

Incredible! What a series Cindy!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thanks KarenP!

KarenP
KarenP 10 years ago

Great series. Love it! Thanks for posting.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thanks Emma. It's nice when I have good timing on spottings :)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

awesome!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thanks textless :)

textless
textless 10 years ago

Excellent!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thanks Atul!

Atul
Atul 10 years ago

beautiful

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you misako.hill and KarenL. If only I was there minutes earlier :)

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Great series Cindy!

misako
misako 10 years ago

Nice spotting!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

:) Thank you Palaimon. Happy birthday indeed!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Yes, they're either orange or red. I can't tell which one this will be since it's my first newly emerged ladybug sighting :)

Palaimon
Palaimon 10 years ago

Happy birthday ladybug ;-)
Nice picture!

CoralAvery
CoralAvery 10 years ago

Interesting color, does it become darker when it ages?

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Oct 15, 2011
Submitted on Oct 15, 2011

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