One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey, here’s an insect you probably see quite often—in it’s larval stage, so you may not recognize it.

Have a guess and I’ll check back later.

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Ha, it’s a gardener’s favorite, the ladybug!

The orange and black stay with the insect its whole life and I bet many of you would like to learn to recognize it. Why? Because ladybugs eat other garden pests – like these aphids. They are fierce predators!

Here is one of the large shedding its skin to metamorphose into the adult Ladybird beetle.

Pretty cool, huh?

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One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Here’s a little thing we find hanging around on plants, sometimes fences or walls. What is it?

I’ll pop back with the answer later!

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Hey, there, this is a tricky one. The insect that made this covering is a bagworm, the larval stage of the Bagworm Moth. The caterpillar collects small materials from it’s surroundings—sticks, leaves or conifer needles, and even dirt and rocks—and sticks them together with his silk to make a case to protect his soft body while he continues to eat. The ‘bag’ grows with him, as he builds onto it. Then when it’s time to metamorphose into a moth, he sticks the case somewhere and turns to a pupae, then later emerges as an adult moth.

It really works for these caterpillars; we hardly ever see them and have given up trying to tear into their silk to get at them.