Saturday, 25 June 2011

Ladybird Larva

It's always a good sign when we start to see masses of these ladybird larvae.
The larvae look so different from the adults but the colour is somewhat representative of the adult's coloration - the larva in this picture will develop into a 7-spot ladybird (the most common UK species). Courtesy of the Ladybird-Survey website
The larvae are prolific aphid eaters so are very welcome visitors, as are the adult ladybirds.

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