The little bug on my finger is a Lady Bug larvae. It eats
As you can see, so do adult ladybug beetles
. See that yummy bite of
yellow aphid in the red ladybug's mouth?
Ladybugs lay groups of small pointy eggs. I found this cluster of
ladybug eggs under my Milkweed
Elsewhere on the plant, these ladybug hatchlings didn't seem to fare as
well. I'm not sure if they got eaten or if they shed their skins. I'm
not sure I want to know.
This yellowish orange ladybug with a white face and black dots and
splotches is an Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis.
Your ladybugs, or lady beetles, might not look like mine. There are lots
of different species of small beetle that people refer to as ladybugs.
I find the most ladybugs on plants infested with aphids
. It makes sense. The mother ladybug
will want lay her eggs where the food for her offspring is plentiful. My
Milkweed plants seem to get aphids every year, but then
eat the plant while ladybugs eat the aphids, and eventually
the aphids aren't a problem any longer.
I believe this black ladybug with red cheeks is a Curinus coeruleus.
These two little ladybugs were on Coontie
that had a
I wasn't aware that beetles had tongues, so after I took this picture, I
looked it up. I've learned a new word: Hypopharynx.
After the ladybug larva are grown up and all full of yummy bugs, they
attach to a surface and turn into a ladybug. Here's what they look like
while they change.
These two casings on the Coontie plant
seem to be empty dressing rooms
that the ladybugs have already vacated. Here's an occupied one:
Remember the yellowish orange lady beetle? Here is what its pupa looks
This red ladybug is walking on
Twine Vine, Whitevine Milkweed
. See all
of the yummy aphids over by the leaf? Further down the vine, where this
bud was getting ready to bloom into a waxy looking white flower, this
ladybug larva hunted its aphid