Macro photography: lady-beetle larva

By Tom Moertel
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Around my garden, there is no greater hero than the larva of the lady beetle. They patrol my garden and eat the nasty aphids that otherwise would suck the life from my plants, especially my precious tomatoes.

Today, I got some good shots of one crawling around on a Spirea japonica ‘Little Princess.’ For perspective, the larva is the size of a large grain of rice.

!http://community.moertel.com/~thor/pix/20060618/lady-bettle-larva-upside-down-small.jpg(lady beetle larva)!

Lady-beetle larva

!http://community.moertel.com/~thor/pix/20060618/lady-bettle-larva-upside-down-close.jpg(lady beetle larva close-up)!

Ain’t she cute?

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