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Your house is on fire, your children all gone

OK, so technically, there hasn’t been any fire here, but this post is about the ladybird children growing into adults, so I decided it still works… sort of…

Meanwhile, the ladybirds were also breeding (and still are). I had the amazing privilege of seeing part of the process of a brand-new ladybird emerging. I even managed to document some of it. The first photo was taken four days before the other two, with the other two taken about twenty minutes apart.Ladybird pupae changing to adult

 

Spotted amber ladybird (Hippodamia variegata)I didn’t see the final colouring of the new beetle - by the time I checked back again it had flown away - but this is a mature one of that type, with some eggs (I don’t know which species) and some more aphids for good measure!

Well, I could go on and on about my ladybirds, but I’ll spare you. There are all sorts of interesting websites that give more information of course.

In case you haven’t worked it out by now, I love ladybirds! :>>

Permalink Saturday, 22 November, 2008 4:26 pm, by Mamma Email , 168 words, Categories: Backyard, Fauna, Insects, Beetles, Ladybird ,