Know Your Larvae

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

By Jessica Walliser

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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.

Photos:
Larva: Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org
Adult: Eddie McGriff, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

 

 

 
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