New creature in my garden
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
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