Baby Ladybug


After a picnic with some friends, I decided to flop out in the sand and soak in some sunshine. I was visited by this tiny menacing black spiky insect. It laboured uphill in the sand being blown around by gusts of wind. Martha, a park interpreter, and I have decided that it's a ladybug larvae. The eight legs confused us at first, but I found more individuals once I started looking, and all the rest had six legs. I'm guessing its a hox gene mutation… More to the point though, who knew a baby ladybug could look so creepy? Now I like them even more. 

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