Balcony container vegetable garden in Baltimore city
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Birth of ladybugs
I've noticed several ladybug larvae around the container garden. Then they disappeared so I thought they matured and few away. Then I found this on my collards (while I was searching for harlequin bug eggs).
birthing of a ladybug
This is the first time I witnessed the transformation of ladybug larvae to an adult. The change is huge! It is like the ugly duckling, the ladybug larvae is quite grotesque (spiny little critters). And it emerges from its shell as a beautiful shiny ladybug. Here is another at the early stages of transformation.
Larvae entering the last stage of transformation
Also the basil are flowering. These basil flowers are attracting many bees...especially the huge bumble bees. I'll try to take a picture of them next time I see them in the garden.