Harlequin ladybird pupa next to beetle mites in a joint of the galvanised steel railing.
Note the whitish spines at the base of the pupa, they are part of the skin shed by
the larva as it pupated. Ladybirds pupate in the open, a rather exposed situation,
however any intruder approaching them from behind, if it gets past the spines, will
get snapped up by their dorsal clefts as they promptly flip upwards; you just try
tickling one. 06/08/2006 12:59.

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