Macrophoto of a ladybird beetle metamorphosising

Macrophoto of a ladybird beetle metamorphosising

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This image is part of the sequence Animals: Metamorphosis of a Ladybird beetle

Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ladybird metamorphosis (second of 6 images). Macrophotograph of a seven-spot ladybird beetle, Coccinella septempunctata, metamorphosing. Metamorphosis is the transformation of a creature from an immature form (larva) into an adult. Here the adult form is emerging from its pupa. The pupa was the dormant stage in which the ladybird changed body shape from a larva to an adult. The beetle's body is soft after emerging from the pupa and it will have to wait for its external skeleton to harden. The beetle's orange elytra do not yet have the black spots associated with ladybirds. (See also Z330/222 & Z330/224-227).

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Keywords: animal, beetle, coccinella, coccinella septempunctata, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, ladybird, metamorph, metamorphosis, nature, seven spot ladybird, type, wildlife, zoology

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