New creature in my garden

Asked August 16, 2018, 10:33 AM EDT

I have been gardening in this spot for 19 years and have never seen this creature before. I don’t know if it a larval stge, a cocoon or what. All of them I found were on the leaf tops of my hot banana pepper plant. Not hiding under the safety of the leaf, but right on top. It didnt move at all as I was inspecting and taking photos, but the location seems odd for any kind of larval stage.

Plymouth County Iowa

1 Response

Hello:

Thank you for your message with attached image and for contacting Iowa State University. The object in your image is the pupal stage of a ladybug.

Ladybugs, or lady beetles, have a complete life cycle of four stages: Egg > Larva > Pupa > Adult. The pupa is the transformation stage where the larva changes from the larva to the adult, the same as a butterfly transforms from caterpillar to adult in a chrysalis and a moth transforms in a cocoon. There are approximately 480 species of lady beetles in the U.S.

Here are images of ladybug pupae. https://bugguide.net/index.php?q=search&keys=ladybug+pupa&search=Search

General, technical information about lady beetles. https://bugguide.net/node/view/179

Thanks.

Donald Lewis