And with one bound it was free!
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Very interesting. I've never seen them at the point of hatching out before. However it didn't seem to have any spots. Do those develop later?
The melanic pigmentation is laid down gradually over the first 2-3 days - all ladybirds are a bright orange-red when they first emerge, even the black ones (here's a Pine ladybird c. 3 hours after emergence, for example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rcomont/4777816152/).
In fact, looking at the pronotum, I suspect this was one of the melanic forms (the orange, succinea form usually has a white 'W' on the pronotum while the melanic conspicua and spectabilis forms have a black pronotum with white edges, as here), so in a few hours from these photos being taken it may well have looked very different!
Record your ladybird sightings!
Thanks for the info Rimo. I'm thoroughly enlightened as I did not know any of that.
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