Lady beetle larva - Day 6, 3rd instar - Harmonia axyridis
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
June 30, 2009
Size: 5.7 mm
Third instar - dorsolateral tubercules on first 4 abdominal segments orange, with orange "body" color extending slightly beyond them. Central tubercules on 1st segment orange with black tips; central tubercules on 4th segment orange at base, black above (1/3 orange, 2/3 black). Some orange body color on the 5th abdominal segment, extending slightly past black dorsolateral tubercules.
Plants: Maple (Acer sp.), chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.), and lady's thumb/smartweed (Polygonum or Persicaria sp., taxonomy unclear). Whatever I found aphids on went into the lady beetle container!
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