Saturday, May 14, 2011
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.
I was intrigued by the different spots on the pupae. I wanted to see how different the adult ladybugs would look.
I haven't been lucky enough to see one emerge... yet.
But when they first come out, they're yellow and spotless.
The spots become visible as the shell hardens.
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.