Snapped: Baby ladybugs

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In a previous post about the incredible diversity of North America’s ladybug species, I shared a few images of the adult ladybugs I found in my own suburban back yard. Today, I would like to share some pictures of ladybug larvae. It’s important to be able to identify them to avoid accidental harm.

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Ladybug larvae are voracious predators of many different pest insects, just as adult ladybugs are. In my own garden, I often find them prowling around the azaleas in search of lacebugs and on the flowers of various members of the carrot and aster family in search of nectar and pollen to supplement their diet.

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Have you ever spotted a ladybug larvae in your own garden? 

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