Abigail M. Parker
Alternate e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
City, state, country:
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Amateur but passionate entomologist, seeking out wildlife of all sizes in the big city. I've been rearing insects since childhood and didn't let moving to a treeless street in South Philadelphia stop me.
Over the past several years, I've become a minor expert in lady beetles (aka ladybugs or ladybirds), especially the larvae of North American species. I'm the curator of the lady beetle section here at BugGuide, have been consulted by Cornell University's Lost Ladybug Project, and regularly work in the coccinellid collection at the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. I'm also writing and illustrating a field guide to lady beetles of eastern North America (http://www.easternladybeetles.com
Lady Beetle Life Cycles
In 2009 I began rearing lady beetles and photographing their life cycles. The photo series contain at least one photo per day of a single individual from egg to adult.
Spotted Lady Beetle (Coleomegilla maculata
) starts with these hatchlings:
Fourteen-Spotted Lady Beetle (Propylea quatourdecimpunctata
) starts with this green egg:
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis
) starts with the circled egg:
First BugGuide Records
State Firsts on BugGuide
(only those identified to species)
"So God made ... the small crawling animals to produce more of their own kind. God saw that this was good."
- Genesis 1:25, New Century Version