Immature Ladybug Beetles

  I was weeding in one of my the gardens. 

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I lifted a triangular rock, and there was a ladybug nest.  They hurried into the nearest tunnels. Finding a nest was  first for me.

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Back up here! These were ladybugs, but were too small. I ended up on the Enchanted Learning website. During the nymph stage the ladybugs are gray with a segmented body and legs. These were ladybugs in their pupal stage, which lasts 5-7 days. Near the middle on the left is a cavity with a rolypoly in it. It shows just how small these ladybug pupae were. Then right below the rolypoly is a ladybug pupa that for some reason has a white head and thorax.

There wasn’t a ladybug in sight when I checked the next day.

 

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6 responses to this post.

  1. That’s interesting. I never knew that they nested underground.

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    • I knew they wintered in rock crevices of bluffs, that a lot of people complained about them trying to winter in their houses. I never thought about where they layed eggs etc. Now I/we know one type of area for nest.

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  2. Always you share very good information, I really like your blog !!!!! Thank you

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  3. Cool finding!

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