Metamorphosis Complete: Ladybird

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Well, a ladybird is finally “born”! It took about five days since the larva started the metamorphosis process… and I was able to borrow a macro lens adaptor!

I hope this has been as interesting for you as it has been for me!



Incomplete Metamorphosis: Ladybird

In an attempt to control the number of aphids in my pepper plants, I collect ladybird larvae from my plum tree and distribute them around the tiny trees. Yesterday, I added a particularly large larvar to to the plant and it immediately stopped moving, releasing a small amount of mucus to attach itself to the plant. Within hours, it went through several different stages and I decided to capture in film. After some research, it finally reached the last stage of metamorphosis before becoming an adult ladybird.

I was impatient and couldn’t wait for the full cycle to share this with you!