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Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 11 - Harmonia axyridis - female

Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 11 - Harmonia axyridis - Female
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 5, 2009
Size: 12 mm
Fourth instar, with the larva at its maximum size. The central abdominal tubercules are three-branched now - in this photo it's most visible on the 7th segment.

Prey: pupa of diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella). The beetle larva used its mandibles to open the cocoon, then pulled the soft pupa forward with its front legs.

Plant: Lady's thumb/smartweed (Polygonum sp.). Pupa collected from broccoli (Brassica oleracea "Italica").

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