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14-spotted lady beetle with prey - Day 13 - Propylea quatuordecimpunctata - male

14-spotted lady beetle with prey - Day 13 - Propylea quatuordecimpunctata - Male
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 10, 2009
Size: 6 mm
Adult, a few hours after eclose (emergence from the pupa). The elytra (wing covers) have hardened and the pattern is fully developed, but the color is pale grayish-yellow. In a few hours, it will be bright yellow.

This is a male, with a completely white "face" - on females, there's a dark mark in the center.

Prey: Aphid, Capitophorus hippophaes

Plant: Lady's thumb/smartweed (Polygonum sp.), the foodplant of C. hippophaes

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Fantastic series!
I can snap off a dozen images in a few minutes, but you've taken all the time and care to raise and document an entire bug's life. Thanks for sharing this!

 
Thanks, I enjoyed doing it!
And I knew I'd never find out what that mysterious green egg was if I didn't rear it to adult... I wasn't even sure it'd be a lady beetle when I collected it!