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photoblog image Fennel Life #9

Fennel Life #9

The Fennel patch hosts the Ladybird through its whole lifecycle.

 

The main image peeks in on an intimate moment of Ladybird lurv.

 

Then there is ovipositing:

Ladybird

 

The egg hatches and a strange-looking bug [larva] emerges:

 

 Ladybird

 

and proceeds to gorge on the aphids that are also being hosted by the Fennel:

 

Aphid

 

then finally pupates for a few days:

 

Pupa

 

until it is time for the emergence of another fully formed Ladybird, which will eat Aphids and look for lurv:

Ladybird

Fennel Life #9

The Fennel patch hosts the Ladybird through its whole lifecycle.

 

The main image peeks in on an intimate moment of Ladybird lurv.

 

Then there is ovipositing:

Ladybird

 

The egg hatches and a strange-looking bug [larva] emerges:

 

 Ladybird

 

and proceeds to gorge on the aphids that are also being hosted by the Fennel:

 

Aphid

 

then finally pupates for a few days:

 

Pupa

 

until it is time for the emergence of another fully formed Ladybird, which will eat Aphids and look for lurv:

Ladybird

comments (11)

I suppose Chris will have an off-color comment. smile
Ray: I am not always sure what Chris is thinking, Larry, but am always encouraged by his remarks. smile
  • Martine
  • France
  • 22 Mar 2018, 04:58
C'es intéressant de voir l'évolution de la coccinelle.
Ray: Merci, Martine. Je trouve cela très intéressant et j'ai été ravi de saisir tout le cycle de vie.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 22 Mar 2018, 06:45
Good you have captured the whole life-cycle, Ray. I know in this country many people are foxed when they see the larva and pupa of ladybirds
Ray: I was happy to get the whole lifecycle, Lisl. I don't think it is well known...believe it or not, I was educated about it by a toddlers picture-book I used to read to my kids.
Wouah !! merci pour ce cycle de vie de la coccinelle !
Magnifique ..
Bonne journée
Ray: Merci, Claudine. De rien!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 22 Mar 2018, 07:24
So there we are, a whole life cycle on one plant - brilliant
Ray: I found it very exciting, Chris!
A fine series of pics of these much loved little beetles
Ray: I was pleased to find the whole process, Bill.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 22 Mar 2018, 07:43
There is a fly having a cheeky look Ray.
Ray: I am not the only voyeur in the garden, Chad.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Mar 2018, 07:45
The fennel has a constant stream if visitors. I wonder what would be its preferred visitor? probably each has its own role to play.
Ray: Most are welcome, I expect, as most play a role in pollenation, Alan.
How wonderful to be able to capture it all. I love the last photo very much. It would be my wallpaper for a season.
Ray: I was delighted to find I had a full set of lifecycle images, Mary.

I also like that last pic.
What an enjoyable series of shots, I sometimes feel, and I don't mind it at all, that your blog is a brilliant natural history tutorial.
Ray: Thank you for your most encouraging comment, Brian.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Mar 2018, 16:54
This is an amazing series, Ray. Now I know what the 'things' are in the 3rd picture.... thank you for pointing this out to me.
Ray: Ladybird larva are unusual-looking critters, Astrid.

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