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Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 10 - Coleomegilla maculata

Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 10 - Coleomegilla maculata
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 24, 2009
Size: 9.1 mm (?)
Fourth instar. The measurement may be incorrect, because it was 9.4 mm yesterday. I'm dyslexic with numbers and may have meant to write "10.1" instead.

Prey: Oleander or milkweed aphid (Aphis nerii). I later read that these aphids are toxic because of their foodplants, and can cause developmental problems in the pupae of larvae that eat them. Of the three larvae that fed on these aphids, one never emerged from the pupa, but the others became normal adults. I will not feed A. nerii to my larvae in the future.

Plant: Lady's thumb/smartweed (Polygonum sp.). Aphid collected from milkweed (Asclepias sp.).

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Lady beetle larvae at egg hatch - Day 1 - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 2 - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 3 - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 4 - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 5 - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva - Day 6 - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva - Day 7 (a) - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva - Day 7 (b) - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva - Day 8 - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva - Day 9 - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 10 - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle larva - prepupa - Day 11/12 - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle pupa - Day 13 (a) - Coleomegilla maculata Lady beetle pupa - Day 13 (b) - Coleomegilla maculata Pink Spotted Lady Beetle - Day 19 - Coleomegilla maculata

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