Twenty-spotted Ladybug - four photos
Psyllobora vigintimaculata
1.5 mm to 2.5 mm

Psyllobora vigintimaculata
I admit that I had no idea there was a ladybug this small on the planet. It ranges (at my house) from
around l.5 mm to 2.5 mm.  Get out your ruler and see just how small that is.
Some are tinier than
others so I wonder if gender might determine size.  You'd think with a ladybug this tiny they could
have shortened the scientific name, Psyllobora vigintimaculata.
© Carol Davis, 7-31-2012

tiny ladybug
When I first spotted one I wondered if it was a living creature so I got my camera and was shocked
when I looked at my photo and saw a ladybug. How wonderful! © Carol Davis, 7-31-2012


twenty-spotted lady beetle
I've watched them all summer and taken numerous photos but the other day
I was thrilled to find this pupa underneath a leaf.
  Twenty-spots do not
eat aphids like most ladybugs - they eat fungus (powdery mildew, for
example) 
© Carol Davis, 7-31-2012

baby face ladybug
A larva, which I have not found yet, attaches itself to a leaf and then waits to hatch
out as a ladybug. What beautiful colors they have. If you wish to find these tiny
things, check the bottoms of the leaves on your lilacs.  If you have a super macro
setting on your camera, you can get a picture. By the way, no one knows how
it got its name because it doesn't have just 20 spots.
© Carol Davis, 7-31-2012

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