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Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 9 - Harmonia axyridis - female

Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 9 - Harmonia axyridis - Female
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 3, 2009
Size: 9.8 mm
Fourth instar - tubercules on 4th and 5th abdominal segments are completely orange. The larva appears longer in this photo because it was raising its abdomen to defecate, even as it was eating another meal!

Prey: Aphid - I don't know what kind.

Plant: Lady's thumb/smartweed (Polygonum or Persicaria sp., taxonomy unclear), my main source of aphids in July.

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Lady beetle egg mass (and leafhopper) - day before hatch - Harmonia axyridis Lady beetle egg - day before hatch - Harmonia axyridis Lady beetle larva - Day 1, egg hatch - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva - Day 1 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva and prey - Day 2 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva - Day 3 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 3 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 4, 2nd instar - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva - Day 5 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva - Day 6, 3rd instar - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva - Day 7 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva - Day 8, 4th instar - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 8 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 9 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 10 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva with prey - Day 11 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle larva - Day 12, prepupa - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle pupa - Day 13 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle pupa - venter - Day 17 - Harmonia axyridis - female Lady beetle at eclose - Day 18 - Harmonia axyridis - female

Excellent series
Wonder if the siblings from the same clutch of eggs will look alike or vary.

 
Thanks! I have 2 adults
The 2 larvae that I raised to adults from this clutch have nearly identical elytra; I can tell them apart by the heads and pronota.

I couldn't feed all the larvae, and didn't like to see them eating each other, so I donated the rest to rosebushes whose gardeners didn't use pesticides.

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