But did you know ladybirds do their own cool transformation thing too?
You might not believe it, but that not so pretty little fella in the pic, is actually a baby ladybird!
Honestly. That is a ladybird lava.
Look out for them in the summer in your garden.
Particularly on any plants that the black fly like, because the black fly are ladybirds favourite treat!
We always find the baby ladybirds on the wild cow parsley and fennel in our garden.
And then if you keep your eyes peeled you might get really lucky and spot this.
Which is the clever ladybird in the next stage of the ladybird lifecycle.
Attached horizontally to a fennel stalk the ladybird larva is now pupating.
We’ve never managed to catch the final stage in the ladybird lifecycle.
The big reveal, where the lovely shiney ladybird emerges from pupation.
But fingers crossed, we’ll snap it this year.
Do keep an eye out for these fellas ‘cos they’re your greatest ally in attacking pesky aphids.
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