2-spotted lady beetles

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Lady beetle larvae
Lady beetle larvae

Lady beetle larvae are very interesting.

After a few weeks of feeding on aphids, mealy bugs etc. they pupate.

Lady beetle pupa on left, larvae on right
Lady beetle pupa on left, larvae on right
Pupa from which a lady beetle has emerged
Pupa from which a lady beetle has emerged

After about a week they emerge as pale white or cream coloured lady beetles.

Newly emerged lady beetle
Newly emerged lady beetle (with a camouflaged aphid behind it)

Over a period of a few hours they get their colour and their spots.

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Eggs of the 2-spotted lady beetle
Eggs of the 2-spotted lady beetle

Here are some instructions, in case you would like to have a go at raising some yourself.

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