Lady Bug Growing Pains

While weeding and gardening this weekend, I spotted numerous lady bug larvae throughout the yard. These guys are voracious eaters. My yard has plenty of aphids for them to snack on. I noticed that the ones in the backyard are more mature than the front.

At first they are dark black and bright orange and they are short and stubby like an eraser head.

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As they mature they elongate and become a pale gray.

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I watched this one shed it’s skin and start the final stage of pupa before becoming an adult lady bug.
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