Saturday, October 11, 2008

Little Things

Yesterday afternoon I was walking around the yard with my camera. On the Hydrangea bush I saw several of these bugs crawling around.

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle "Harmonia axyridis" Larva

The picture is a bit fuzzy and doesn't add to the beauty of this insect. Lets face it.. it ain't a pretty bug except for the orange-yellow color on its back which looks very Halloween. This ugly bug will turn out to look something like this..

Ladybug on Garden Mum - Explore 30 November 2007 #401

Quite a metamorphosis! It turns into... well it has several names: Multicoloured (multicolored), multivariate, southern, Japanese, Asian, Halloween, harlequin or pumpkin ladybird (ladybug, ladybeetle). They are a "good insect"... except when they invade the inside of someone's home. They feed on aphids, thrips, mites, scale insects, and eggs of butterflies and moths. I know you think butterflies are "good insects". They are "good insects" when in the butterfly state, but when they are in the caterpillar stage they can be very destructive.

LOL.. now I'm suppose to pull a moral out of this, but I don't have one.

Observe always that everything is the result of a change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and to make new ones like them. -- Marcus Aurelius

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