Lady Beetle Pupae

When a lady beetle larva finishes feeding, it attaches the end of its abdomen to a surface and molts to the pupa stage. Pupae of the multicolored Asian lady beetle are commonly found attached to foliage (Figure 1).  The adult emerges (Figure 2) after about a week.

While the pupae are curiosities, they also indicate that natural control has been going on nearby.

Figure 1. Lady beetle pupa attached to a leaf. (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

Figure 1. Lady beetle pupa attached to a leaf. (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

Figure 2. Newly emerged lady beetle next to empty pupa. (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

Figure 2. Newly emerged lady beetle next to empty pupa. (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

 

By Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist

 

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