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Maybe Two-spot hairy ladybird larva - Scymnus frontalis Here is an interesting observation:<br />
Last weekend in the South Park, Sofia, while taking a close-up of an Echium vulgare plant - a common viper, I noticed a tiny white cocoon moving along the stem and took a few pictures. I thought it was an aphid in disguise and sent the photos to Dr.R.Dransfield for a consultation from InfluentialPoints.com. It turned out to be a ladybug larva covered with a wax cocoon, a mimicry to resemble aphids, and not be recognized by them. Both ladybugs and their larvae are great predators on aphids.<br />
According to Dr.R. Dransfield, it is most likely the larva of the two-spot hairy ladybird - Scymnus frontalis. At the same time, there is not enough morphological data to determine the type of larvae, so this could be a larva of any ladybug of the genus Scymnus. Given that Scymnus frontalis is rarely recorded in the Sofia region, it is more likely to be a larva of S.interruptus or S.rubromaculatus. That&#039;s why, I will leave this species unidentified. Animal,Animalia,Arthropoda,Bulgaria,Coccinellidae,Coleoptera,Cucujoidea,Europe,Geotagged,Insect,Insecta,Ladybug,Scymninae,Scymnus frontalis,Sofia,South park,Summer,Two-spot hairy ladybird,Wildlife Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Maybe Two-spot hairy ladybird larva - Scymnus frontalis

Here is an interesting observation:
Last weekend in the South Park, Sofia, while taking a close-up of an Echium vulgare plant - a common viper, I noticed a tiny white cocoon moving along the stem and took a few pictures. I thought it was an aphid in disguise and sent the photos to Dr.R.Dransfield for a consultation from InfluentialPoints.com. It turned out to be a ladybug larva covered with a wax cocoon, a mimicry to resemble aphids, and not be recognized by them. Both ladybugs and their larvae are great predators on aphids.
According to Dr.R. Dransfield, it is most likely the larva of the two-spot hairy ladybird - Scymnus frontalis. At the same time, there is not enough morphological data to determine the type of larvae, so this could be a larva of any ladybug of the genus Scymnus. Given that Scymnus frontalis is rarely recorded in the Sofia region, it is more likely to be a larva of S.interruptus or S.rubromaculatus. That's why, I will leave this species unidentified.

    comments (3)

  1. That is very interesting! What a cool find! Posted 3 months ago
  2. Now this is an awesome example of what attention to details results in, spectacular job! Posted 3 months ago
  3. Wow! I did not know this fact. Thanks for sharing! Posted 3 months ago

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Uploaded Jul 9, 2020. Captured Jul 5, 2020 16:16 in ul. „Henrik Ibsen“ 10, 1407 Yuzhen, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • E-M1MarkIII
  • f/5.6
  • 1/640s
  • ISO250
  • 30mm