Monday, October 19, 2009

Pupa on a pumpkin in a planter.

A friend and her daughter dropped by this afternoon. When I opened the door, they were discussing the little blobby things on the pumpkin in the planter. Daughter thought they were bird poop. Mom thought they were insects.

Mom wins. They are ladybird beetle (ladybug) pupae, or at least one of them is. The other used to be, but appears to have transformed. Notice the wreath of thorns around the spot where the pupa attaches to the pumpkin. This is the shed skin of the very spiky larva.

4 comments:

Marvin said...

Lots of ladybugs in the pumpkin patch evidently.

Coastcard said...

Excellent photo: never seen this close-up before.

Karen said...

Cool that they picked a visible place to do their Superman change act. The larvae are so wacky-looking! Like little monsters. Never saw the "thorns" thing before, thanks for showing.

spinyurchin said...

I think it's neat they both noticed something on the pumpkins in the first place and then had a chat about it.