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 (fifth of 6 images). Macro- photograph of a seven-spot ladybird beetle, Cocci- nella septempunctata, metamorphosing. Metamorph- osis is the transformation of a creature from an immature form (larva) into an adult. Here the adult form has emerged from its pupa. The pupa was the dormant stage in which it changed body shape. The beetle's body is soft after emerging from the pupa and it is pumping blood into its wings (white, at back of body) to expand them before they harden. The beetle's orange elytra are beginning to develop the black spots associated with ladybirds. (See also Z330/222-225 & Z330/227).

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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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