Know What This Is?

| July 22, 2012 | 11 Replies

I spotted this on a sunflower leaf about 8PM last night, and didn’t realize what I was looking at. I believe this is the back end.

John Dunstan’s “Total Metamorphosis” video makes it quite clear that this is one stage of a ladybug transformation. This little creature was racing along beside the one above, which wasn’t moving.

If I’d realized they were beneficials, I would have not deposited the leaf with the emerging ladybug in the recycling bin! 🙁 Thanks for reading! – Kaye

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Category: Beneficials, Critters

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  1. I’m learning something new everyday!

  2. Rob says:

    Poor ladybug to be!

    • I know, every single lady bug is important and needed. Now I know. It was so fierce looking I thought it might be the feared potato beetle or something. Their transformation is incredible.

  3. I might have disposed of it also…thanks for sharing!

  4. I planted Brandywine also and they are doing well, but the previous two years I planted German Queen and I think the flavor was better. Also, my cucumbers are bitter. Do you know what can be done? Also the zucchini leaves have white mildew and when the zucchinis are about two inches long they shrivel and die. Who knows why. I enjoy reading Late Bloomer. Thanks.

  5. oceannah says:

    How cool to watch a molting like that Kaye!

    • Yeah, and I tried to find a place to leave a comment on his Vimeo, but couldn’t. I wanted him to know I shared it. If you’d never seen this, how could you possibly guess those various states were the demure, sweet ladybug?

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