Saturday, May 14, 2011

Asian ladybugs

Asian Ladybug
There have been a bunch of ladybugs in the tree in my backyard. I kind of collected a few just to take pictures and compare them.
Asian ladybug pupa
I was intrigued by the different spots on the pupae. I wanted to see how different the adult ladybugs would look.
Asian ladybug pupa

Asian ladybug pupa shell
I haven't been lucky enough to see one emerge... yet.
The new beetle
But when they first come out, they're yellow and spotless.

The new beetle
The spots become visible as the shell hardens.

Asian Ladybug

Asian Ladybug

Asian Ladybug

The three ladybugs above all have the same number of spots in roughly the same pattern, but the spots are different shapes and sizes. Also the pronotum, the black and white part behind the head, is different in each one.
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