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I found 3 of these appearing to feed on mugwort by the righthand side of the path leading up from the square chimney just a bit higher along the path than the junction to Sally's glade. They are between 1 and 2cm long and are navy blue and orange. Very strange looking creatures.
Posted by Susan, Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:00 pm
Now some people would send flowers, or even chocolates, but just look what I get from you....
It's a harlequin ladybird larva. Hope it's eating all your aphids...
Nature Conservation Officer
Posted by Jules, Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:59 pm
You beat me to it - Rob said "Bet it's a larvae, what else was on the plant?" Me "Ladybirds and what I think is a hatching out pupae of a ladybird". So we looked at http://www.ladybird-survey.org/downloads/Ladybird%20larvae_v.1.4.pdf and there it was, harmonia axyridis (harlequin ladybird). Many thanks to Jan.
Pupae below. Also what looks like two different kinds of harlequin ladybird mating - a third came along that looked like the one underneath and tried to join but gave up and wandered off - too much information?
Posted by Susan, Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:09 pm