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Ladybeetle larva - Coleomegilla maculata

Ladybeetle larva - Coleomegilla maculata
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
May 25, 2008
I'm just glad it's not Harmonia axyridis...



Coleomegilla maculata
The Spotted, or Pink Spotted, Lady Beetle. It has a brown base color, short sparse setae, and a distinctive orange pattern, especially the round orange spots on the first thoracic segment.

It's about to molt into a new larval instar - that's why it's so pale and stretched-looking. Compare this pre-molt C. maculata larva:

Moved from Ladybird Beetles.

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