Some Bugs

I noticed some evil looking bugs this weekend outside. They looked like this:

We looked them up and it seemed they might be ladybugs. That would be good as I have a wooly aphid problem on my copper beech tree. Ladybugs eat aphids.

Today we saw some that had morphed into this:

That doesn’t look like a ladybug to me. My daughter said give it a chance. This is not a good looking big to my mind. Fascinating transformation, though.

I haven’t been painting for a few weeks.

I do hope my inspiration comes back soon.

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25 responses to “Some Bugs”

  1. msjadeli says :

    Definitely ladybugs. Larvae is a 4-letter word to me. I remember seeing them as a kid on the railing of our back step and thinking they looked like baby alligators. I’ve successfully kept the deer away from the Asiatic lilies but now some insect is eating the growing buds. The bugs are bad this year!

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  2. Nan Mykel says :

    Did you find the info via Google? I’m curious. My ladybugs are red. Thanks for sharing.


  3. robbiesinspiration says :

    Hi Kerfe, We have yellow ladybugs [we call them ladybirds] here. The second picture does look like a ladybird to me, but I’ve never seen them in the form of the first picture before. You are very observant.


  4. Phil Cooper says :

    I’m in the same boat inspiration and painting Kerfe, hope we both get inspired soon!
    I think they are a type ladybug, and they’ll eat up aphids so probably good, if not good looking


  5. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Really a scary bug but it changed into something nice and beautiful. Great picture.


  6. D. Wallace Peach says :

    I don’t mind bugs, but I’m not a big fan either! It’s live and let live around here as long as they keep a respectable distance. I hope your inspiration returns soon. Hugs.


  7. Jules says :

    Some bugs are good. While Cicada Killers are just a different hornet – they pretty much leave people alone – though they can mess up your back yard since they make nests in the ground. Ladybugs or Ladybirds can be a pain if they invade your home in large quantities (that happened to an Aunt who used to live in the country). Our Ladybugs here are both red and orange with black spots. Though I can’t say I’ve seen them before they were the cute bugs.

    Another bug you might like to look up who is good but looks like it’s a from steampunk is a Wheel Bug. – they can nip you, but you might just want to leave them be, since they will eat Lantern Flies which are a nasty bug that looks pretty.
    Lantern flies have become a problem in our state since they go after the sap of fruit trees and wine grape vines.


  8. Bela Johnson says :

    I, too have wondered about these strange bugs some have termed ladybugs! And yet … we are always delighted to see them, as they are nature’s best aphid, mite and thrip killers!


  9. Jules says :

    I saw two of the first picture along with one of the second image and two Ladybugs on a little free library early afternoon today (must have been some eggs or a nest near by?
    I found a site that has a nice illustration here :


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