Know Your Larvae

Would you recognize the larvae of these good and bad bugs?

By Jessica Walliser


Good Bug: Ladybug

lady bug adult and larva Larval ladybugs look a bit like miniature alligators with three pairs of legs behind the head and an elongated, tapered abdomen. Most of the 200-some North American species are black with red, orange, or yellow markings. They actively move about plants, consuming hundreds of small pests and insect eggs per day.

Larva: Joseph Berger,
Adult: Eddie McGriff, University of Georgia,