Posts Tagged ‘ladybug’

In The Wingstem Patch

Today felt cooler than recent days. I just couldn’t stay inside.

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 Seems like I spend a lot of time watching insect activity in the wingstem patch. There’s a pine tree on the left of the patch, a sweetgum in the back and a hackberry on the right.

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Gold moth (Basilodes pepita) caterpillars are relatively common.

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This is a younger version of the one above.

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Wingstem flowers grow in clusters.

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A daddy longlegs waits for prey to come close.

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A leafminer leaves a trail to as they grow inside the leaf.

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An immature ladybug doesn’t exactly look like a ladybug.

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Neither does this next stage of an immature ladybug.

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This immature wheelbug has a considerable amount of growing to go

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before it’s full grown. This one caught a bee for its meal.

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The silvery checkerspot butterfly lay their eggs on wingstem.

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A Ladybug

Ladybugs overwinter as adults.

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My first ladybug of the year just happened to be on a purple trillium in my spring wildflower garden.

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It must be either the pine or the hackberry tree that’s dropping all the pollen.

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Ladybugs overwinter as adults. Here’s a picture I took March of 2012 in the bluff at Stone Face. This definitely wasn’t anywhere near all of them!

Two Immature Insects

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The larval stage of a ladybug definitely doesn’t resemble an adult ladybug.

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The pupal stage more resembles an adult.

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A stinkbug nymph is definitely more ornate

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than the adult green stinkbug.

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.