Caroline Gill's Wildlife Record:
Suffolk Horizons (and the World beyond her Window)
Wednesday 4 July 2012
Ladybird Alert (12): Pupa of Harlequin
I found this Ladybird pupa in our garden today on a wooden post, just above a spider's web. The pupal stage follows the 4-part larval one and is the final stage of metamorphosis before the creature will emerge as a pale-coloured adult in a few day's time. Its pigments will darken with time.
I suspect this fringe of black and white bristles indicates a Harlequin.
As usual, I have sent this record to the UK Ladybird Survey. My tentative identification has been confirmed. I have yet to find a larva, but you can see my Ladybird egg photos here (these have already been sent in to the survey).