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Emerging Ladybird

Observed: 15th September 2010 By: Colin007Colin007’s reputation in InvertebratesColin007’s reputation in InvertebratesColin007’s reputation in InvertebratesColin007’s reputation in Invertebrates
Ladybird 01
Ladybird 02
Ladybird 03

And with one bound it was free!

Species interactions

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Species with which Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) interacts


Blewit Boy's picture


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?


leenestofvipers's picture


Fascinating pics

rimo's picture

The melanic pigmentation is

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:
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!

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Blewit Boy's picture


Thanks for the info Rimo. I'm thoroughly enlightened as I did not know any of that.