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The larva of the lady-beetle has an astonishing capacity for in one day it will eat several times its own weight of plant-lice.
The grub of the lady-beetle is usually black or dull colored with red or yellow markings which make it very conspicuous.
The lady-beetle usually hides in rubbish about the base of trees or in some cases even enter homes for the winter months, coming out with the spring to deposit small masses of oval yellow or orange eggs on plants infested with lice.
You remember that I told you that one of these troublesome scales is the cottony-cushion scale, and that one day it was discovered that a lady-beetle from Australia liked these scales very much.
Every created being has its mate; the most insignificant bird sings to its paramour; the very beetle woos its lady-beetle in the dust, and yon butterflies which you see fluttering high above the tower, and toying in the air, are happy in each other’s loves.
[Illustration: The convergent lady-beetle; a, adult; b, pupa; c, larva; all enlarged.
[Illustration: The spotted lady-beetle; a, larva; b, pupa; c, adult; enlarged.
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