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Black & yellow larva - Cycloneda polita

Black & yellow larva - Cycloneda polita
Alameda County, California, USA
June 16, 2009
Size: 1/4 inch
Dorsal view, on the back of my hand.

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Black & yellow larva - Cycloneda polita Black & yellow larva - Cycloneda polita

Moved from Cycloneda.




Cycloneda polita
Matches the larval key to that genus,(1) and in the other photo you can see white on the side of the 6th abdominal segment, which only C. polita has.

Olla v-nigrum larvae
If I can have a second guess, after a little time with the key(1) and the other images present in the Guide, I'd say this is a Olla v-nigrum larvae . And at least that species should more likely be present in your area.

Could be
I haven't seen any gray adults, but the guide shows a dark form. And I never saw a larva that looked like a white dishmop until yesterday.

Could this be H. axyridis? I never saw yellow on a ladybug adult or larva until the black one with C-shaped yellow spots appeared. That specimen turned out to be axyridis. The common native ones in this area are red or orange with or without black (adults), and black (more like charcoal gray, actually) and orange (larvae).

Another question. Will larvae and adults of the same species be found in one locale at the same time of year?

not H. axyridis
they look like this .

It's still very much a work in progress, but if you wish to ID, please see the larva / pupa info page

And yes, folks often find larva and adults of the same species around one locale. But we should still ID both just to make sure.

ladybird larva
this one , or close kin

That's a surprise. California isn't supposed to be within this species' range.

I noticed that too after I submitted this comment. Next time I get around the larval key, I'll try to find something from out your way that matches, unless someone else finds it first. But it's still a ladybird larva by my eye.

Definitely a lady beetle, but not 14-spotted
Propylea quatuordecimpunctata larva is black and white, with no yellow or orange in any instar. (Even the pupa is black and white).

Still unknown
Later I saw others of the same kind. They must have become adults by now. There are several species of adults here, and I don't know which one these were.

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