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Thursday
Apr082010

Ladybird Development

A larva of the harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).

The following is a pupa which I think is of the same species, the spikes are apparently characteristic.

 

And this, I think this a more mature pupa of this species:

And this is an adult of this species:

The adults of H. axyridis are very variable in colour and pattern, see here for some illustrations.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds on 2009-05-10, 2009-09-24, 2009-07-16, and 2009-05-10, respectively.

Reader Comments (2)

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