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Harmonia axyridis 4th instar larva, Heesch, Netherlands Extreme macro of the 4th larva phase of this omnipresent ladybug. I managed to stack this one whilst alive, as they are relatively immobile once settled. Perhaps it finds confidence in its spiky defense. Extreme Macro,Harmonia axyridis,WeMacro Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Harmonia axyridis 4th instar larva, Heesch, Netherlands

Extreme macro of the 4th larva phase of this omnipresent ladybug. I managed to stack this one whilst alive, as they are relatively immobile once settled. Perhaps it finds confidence in its spiky defense.

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  1. Interesting and excellent macro! ...Was it defecating or is it some sort of gland at the rear end? Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks, Marta! I had the same question myself, I suspect it is excreting waste, but not 100% sure yet. Posted 3 months ago

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''Harmonia axyridis'', most commonly known as the harlequin, multicolored Asian, or simply Asian ladybeetle, is a large coccinellid beetle. This is one of the most variable species in the world, with an exceptionally wide range of color forms. It is native to eastern Asia, but has been artificially introduced to North America and Europe to control aphids and scale insects.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Jun 27, 2020. Captured May 30, 2020 15:15.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/1.2
  • 1/100s
  • ISO400
  • 50mm