Ladybug - Larva
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Stages of Beetle Metamorphosis


Ladybug Larva eating aphids (Calgary, AB, Aug. 1, 2005)

The typical Ladybug Larva looks similar to a tiny spotted alligator.  Usually blackish with orange, white or blue spots or bands.  Ladybug larva are voracious predators which hunt aphids, scale insects and mites.  They can eat up to 24 aphids a day.  The larval phase of the Ladybug's development is 2 to 3 weeks in duration.  During this period the larva molts 3 times and grows up to 1.2 cm in length.  Some species of larvae may secrete a white wax like substance.  



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