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Strange Bug (larva?) - Cycloneda

Strange Bug (larva?) - Cycloneda
Huntington Beach, Orange County, California, USA
October 28, 2010
Found on the nasturtium. May be munching nasturtium leaf, may be munching black aphid-things.

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Moved
Moved from Lady Beetles.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Lady Beetle larva.
Someone else may be able to tell you what kind. They are voracious predators, and really go for aphids.

 
Ah good. It is welcome to all
Ah good. It is welcome to all the aphids it can eat.

 
Cycloneda, probably C. sanguinea
Probably the larva of the Spotless Lady Beetle, Cycloneda sanguinea, but it's possible that this is the other Californian sp. of Cycloneda, the Western Blood-red Lady Beetle, C. polita.

If you have any more shots, or pictures of other individuals, a photo taken looking straight down at the insect would help determine species. The shapes of the abdomens are distinctive in Cycloneda larvae.

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