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Freshly Emerged - Darker Orange

The 7-spot ladybirds that I'm using for my MSc research have emerged as adults. Firstly the pupa case splits, then they wriggle out. When they first emerge they are bright yellow with no spots, they develop their spots in a few minutes and become orange in an hour or two but it will take several days for them to become fully red and it won't be until they have fed up and overwintered that they will become deep red.

 

This was really cool to watch and something that not many people get to see. I'm glad I managed to capture the whole process.

 

For the full emergence sequence click: www.flickr.com/photos/bios1/7415629286/in/photostream/

 

For the pupation sequence check: www.flickr.com/photos/bios1/7379251326/in/photostream

 

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Taken on June 19, 2012