A Mysterious New Friend

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A Mysterious New Friend

Post  mbolos on Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:49 pm

I found this little guy yesterday basking in the sun atop some wire on my Ponderosa. I scoured the tree and didn't see any others. However, I live on the 12th floor, so there's no way he just climbed from some nearby tree or shrub. Anyone have any ID or precautions?






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Re: A Mysterious New Friend

Post  Todd Ellis on Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:51 am

I think that is a lady bug in one of the larva stages. I'm not certain, though.
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Re: A Mysterious New Friend

Post  JimLewis on Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:53 pm

Lady beetle larva are longer and narrower than that and have distinctive legs on the upper part of the body.

This looks like the larva of the Mexican Bean Beetle (which eats more than beans). I suppose it could have arrived on some produce.

Many beetles fly, but I don't think they'd fly up 12 floors.

I assume you flicked it off the balcony.

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