A brand new lady bird.

Not many people realise that when a ladybird emerges from its pupal stage, it doesn’t have spots or its end colour.
These form within the first couple of hours of it emerging.

The picture above is actually of a red ladybird that has just emerged.

The life cycle of the ladybird involves an egg, larval, pupal and adult stage.

Ladybirds look very different when they start their life out. The larvae and Pupal stages can be seen below.

ladybird Larvae-1

Each female harlequin ladybird can produce around 1,000 to 2,000 or so eggs in its lifetime, usually laying them in batches of about 10 to 30 per day.

Adult Ladybirds will usually live for about a year.