Saturday June 24th 2017Tim
From tiny yellow
eggs the young of Ladybirds emerge and as they find food
they look increasingly bad tempered and crotchety.
There's no other description for them. I have read that
some have described this larval phase in the Ladybird as
"alligator like." I don't see it myself, but they do
have these little sometimes reddish spikes on a black
segmented body with lots of legs and they do have a
certain predatory aspect to their appearance that
suggest a creature that enjoys hunting down live food or
anything that looks as though it could be alive. Nor is
there the remotest similarity of appearance between the
adult Ladybird and the larva. The larva look like pests
of the very worst kind, the sort of creature that
inspire horror movies. The adult on the other hand looks
charming, diligent and well behaved.
the larval Ladybird suddenly decides to turn into a sort of
orangey yellow glob or pupa that can sometimes be seen under
leaves. From this pupa the Ladybird emerges. He or she is
yellow, the carapace is soft but quickly hardens, turns red
with the traditional black spots. Currently in the vegetable
garden there are many, many Ladybirds enduring their
crotchety phase. Round here of course most adult Ladybirds
find their way into and spend their winter in the room where
I sleep. This can sometimes be a little awkward because in
their wintering phase some of the more restless in their
number can get all worked up around an electric light bulb.
However I will make the claim that wintering with Ladybirds
is infinitely preferable to wintering with Stinkbug.