Ladybird

Ladybird

Observation - Ladybird - UK and Ireland. Description: I'm a bit puzzled by these, so I'd appreciate some id help. I'm assuming they're freshly emerged adult ladybirds, but that the colour hasn't matured yet. My understanding that ladybirds emerge full-size following pupa stage, which would make these very sm

I'm a bit puzzled by these, so I'd appreciate some id help. I'm assuming they're freshly emerged adult ladybirds, but that the colour hasn't matured yet. My understanding that ladybirds emerge full-size following pupa stage, which would make these very small (second image provides scale against ox-eye daisy) - perhaps 2-3mm. I'm also assuming the darkest areas will become black spots, and there seem to be eight each side, so possibly a 16-spot, which would be right for the size. However there are some darker orange patches which I assume are the cream patches maturing, which would rull out 16-spot. If it weren't for the size I'd suggest harlequin. Any ideas welcomed.