Newly-hatched ladybird near empty pupa-case

Newly-hatched ladybird near empty pupa-case

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A newly-hatched "seven-spotted" ladybird beetle Coccinella septempunctata, seen next to its empty pupa-case on the underside of a leaf. When the "seven-spotted" ladybird first hatches into an adult it is yellow and without spots (as here). Black spots begin to emerge within minutes of hatching and in hours the outer wing-case has turned the familar red. The fragile hindwings, or flight wings, seen protruding here, are normally folded away beneath the protective outer wing- case. The ladybird is drying out its hindwings after metamorphosis. Both the larva & adult beetle of Coccinella septempunctata feed on aphids.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, coccinella, coccinella septempunctata, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, ladybird, nature, newly hatched, type, wildlife, zoology

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