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From: The Moth (Cecropian)Aug-5 6:38 PM 
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Found on the underside of a milkweed leaf.


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From: The Moth (Cecropian)Aug-5 6:48 PM 
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 1800.2 in reply to 1800.1 

Wait, something's happening.  I think I see legs.



From: The Moth (Cecropian)Aug-5 6:55 PM 
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 1800.3 in reply to 1800.2 

Oh yeah, those are definitely ladybug larvae.  Good thing I separated them from a Monarch egg that was on the same leaf.  These things are vicious carnivores!  I'll let them loose on the morning glories.



From: The Moth (Cecropian)Aug-5 7:10 PM 
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From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostAug-5 7:46 PM 
To: The Moth (Cecropian)  (5 of 13) 
 1800.5 in reply to 1800.3 

Fascinating.  Thanks for the sequence.


From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostAug-5 7:47 PM 
To: The Moth (Cecropian)  (6 of 13) 
 1800.6 in reply to 1800.3 

What's the leaf?  Looks like the same one in the video.


From: The Moth (Cecropian)Aug-5 7:56 PM 
To: MerlinsDad  (7 of 13) 
 1800.7 in reply to 1800.6 

Yep, same milkweed leaf.  I just filmed a video of the hatching on a whim, using the "other" camera that I don't really know how to use.



From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostAug-5 8:20 PM 
To: The Moth (Cecropian)  (8 of 13) 
 1800.8 in reply to 1800.7 

Very impresive.  I have never seen ladybug larvae before.


From: niteowl410Aug-5 10:01 PM 
To: The Moth (Cecropian)  (9 of 13) 
 1800.9 in reply to 1800.4 

WOW. That was cool. Thanks for sharing. 


From: The Moth (Cecropian)Aug-5 10:51 PM 
To: niteowl410  (10 of 13) 
 1800.10 in reply to 1800.9 

Glad you enjoyed it!  Normally people are happy when they have ladybugs in their garden.  But I tried to release them far away from the milkweeds because I don't want them to eat any Monarch eggs or caterpillars!  They are very efficient killing machines.



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