05 April 2010


Take a look at this pic (click to enlarge). Know what this is? It's the larva of the Hippodamia convergens, also known as a common ladybug. We have ladybugs all over our back yard -- and even spotted a couple doing the deed on one of our African daisies. Today, after taking out our trash, I found a hitchhiker on my ankle -- the little guy in the pic. Isn't s/he cute? It's the larval stage of the ladybug. So, if you ever see one of these guys in your yard, don't hurt him because ladybugs play an important part in nature (namely, eating aphids, which are really bad for plants).

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