Harlequin Ladybird Life Cycle and Ladybird Differences
Taken over about 3 weeks :-
1 – Young larvae - apparantly they shed their skins as they grow.
2 – Full grown Larvae
3 – Larvae curling up and anchoring ready to pupate
4 – Pupa – Note: all Harlequin pupae have distinct white fronds where it is anchored to the leaf and differ a bit in markings
5 – Harlequin pupa stand up regularly
6 – Emerging ladybird around 8pm (This one actually failed it was still there the next day.) They come out yellow without any spots as do all ladybirds. Unable to get newly emerged as it seems they emerge in the late evening or during the night so fully coloured by the morning.
7 - All ladybirds on here show the range of colours / spots / facial markings etc of the Harlequins I have seen. They are all more or less the same size which is as the 7 Spot or larger .
The Good News is that there are just as many 7 Spot Ladybirds and lots of 14 Spot Ladybirds too!