Adalia decempunctata - All forma teneral
All three basic forma of Adalia decempunctata in teneral condition.
Historically some "evidence" has been published that there would also be a genetic condition in one allele that causes the normally black pigment (melanine) to be expressed as brownish, but these three truly are freshly hatched and hence all colours still need to be formed properly. Truth told, I'm not entirely convinced about the genetic "brown" condition - in my experience this species takes "forever" to reach full colours - probably/possibly not until after overwintering.
One thing that has always struck me though, is that even when the beetle is just popping out of the pupal skin the black on the pronotum and head is already pretty much "complete".
''Adalia decempunctata'', commonly known as the Ten-spot Ladybird or Ten-spot Lady Beetle, is a carnivorous beetle of the family Coccinellidae.
The Ten-spotted Ladybird was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in his 18th century work, ''Systema Naturae'', its original name was ''Coccinella decempunctata''. Its specific name from the Latin ''decem'' "ten", and ''punctata'' "spotted".
A highly variable species, individuals may in fact bear anywhere from 0.. more