Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 9 - Harmonia axyridis -
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA July 3, 2009 Size: 9.8 mm
Fourth instar - tubercules on 4th and 5th abdominal segments are completely orange. The larva appears longer in this photo because it was raising its abdomen to defecate, even as it was eating another meal!
Prey: Aphid - I don't know what kind.
Plant: Lady's thumb/smartweed (Polygonum or Persicaria sp., taxonomy unclear), my main source of aphids in July.
Contributed by Abigail M. Parker on 8 July, 2009 - 3:40pm Last updated 13 November, 2010 - 4:34pm
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