Thursday, September 30, 2010

Backyard Bugs . . . Squash Lady Beetle Revisited

Our squash lady beetle larva from a few posts ago (the one that looked like a peach slice with thorns stuck in it) has completed its life cycle by becoming an adult squash lady beetle. It is one of two "species of lady beetles in Kentucky that feed on plants rather than insects." The other being the Mexican bean beetle. You can distinguish between them by counting the spots on each wing cover. The Mexican bean beetle has eight spots, while the squash lady beetle has only seven spots. P.S. Kudos to "The Richard" for noticing the change.


Adonis said...

What kind of ant is that?

Merkin J. Pus-Tart said...

You tell me . . . after all, you are EO Wilson's lost love child. Well, at least he drew some ants on a book for you.