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