Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Larvae

Could these be ladybugs? These are the eggs on a leaf of the fig tree.

I feel responsible for them! I don't see any aphids. What will they eat? How will they survive? Should I make tiny ladybug bottles and go out there every fifteen minutes to give them a drink?

Does anyone have cast off strollers or onesies?

12 comments:

  1. Wow! They are beautiful - whatever they are.. They look like ladybugs to me too.
    Please keep us updated with their development. It will be like a biology lesson - I've never seen ladybugs grow up. Do they have terrible two's and grumpy teenage-stages too?

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  2. Hmm, those are the strangest looking lady bugs I've ever seen. Hope they are lady bugs and nothing harmful to your fig tree.

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  3. The larva of a ladybug/bird is a funny-looking thing, flat, just short of a cm long, stripes, runs about quickly on its six legs. If someone (Lyn) had not told me I would never have known. It bears little resemblance to a ladybug/bird

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  4. Indeed, Hen - I know them as the slender worm-like creatures, but are these what they look like right out of the egg, do you think?

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  5. Check your e-mail - I have sent you some pics and info on bugs and ladybirds - can't work out how to put this sort of info on your blog. Hope you find it interesting

    Lyn

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  6. Ummm, I'm about 85% sure that you have a very healthy brood of harliquine bugs ... I would suggest perhaps uprooting the happy family to the nearest park so they may feast on things other than your beloved patio friends...
    german girl

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  7. They look like they could be ladybug larva, though I recognize them best when they are a little bigger. Maybe wait and see what they do. Even though there are no aphids on the fig tree, the mother ladybug must have had a reason to lay eggs there. Or maybe it wasn't a ladybug after all.

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  8. Those are not ladybugs or larvae. They are brown marmorated stink bugs that have just hatched.

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    1. Thank you! We figured that out subsequently.

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    2. http://66squarefeet.blogspot.com/2010/08/brown-marmorated-stinkbug.html

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  9. Ah ha so glad I searched, I just found a bunch hatching in my kitchen and we too though baby ladybugs at first! Felt so guilty that I squished a couple at first, poor babies! Guilt is gone now!

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  10. I found a host of bugs that look like these eating one of my monarch caterpillars on tropical milkweed.

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