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Sep 23, 2013 8:31 PM

Identification help please



We found this larvae on our school railings. 2013-09-11 15.16.00.jpg




A few days later we noticed it emerging.

2013-09-20 15.19.08.jpgPlease can anyone identify? I thought it looked a bit like a ladybird larvae but the emerging insect seemed segmented.


Thank you!

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    Sep 23, 2013 9:26 PM (in response to snazzyru)
    Re: Identification help please

    Hello Snazzyru, yes you are right, the top picture shows a ladybird larva. The bottom picture shows a ladybird larva at the top ... and the orangey thing below it is a newly formed ladybird pupa (the pupa case darkens eventually to a browny black).

    Hope this is of some help.

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        Nov 19, 2013 6:48 PM (in response to snazzyru)
        Re: Identification help please

        Most likely they were Harlequin ladybird larvae - not originally being a British species of Ladybird until Harlequin Ladybird visitors from abroad found they liked it here and have thrived. Not unlike numerous homo sapien species which also have come from abroad and stayed (Romans, Vikings, Normans, Huguenots, East Europeans, Roma and, by all accounts soon, Bulgarians and Roumanians). How similar aren't we to our brother and sister creatures?   

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