The Ladybug (ladybirds to the British and Australians) is my second favorite garden dweller. Aside from their aesthetic quality I appreciate them for the work they do in the garden to keep the aphids and scale under control. This year I decided to avoid using chemicals in the garden to provide as hospitable home for beneficial insects.
I spent two days stalking and photographing this ladybug in the garden watching it march up and down various plants looking for food. Unfortunately I picked it up on the third day to show it to my nephew and it flew off into the pear tree next door.
Yesterday I noticed a new insect in my garden that I didn't recognize and was about to pull out the gardening gloves and start smashing them when something told me to hold back until I could photograph this bug and get an identification for it. When I was preparing this post on ladybugs I saw a photo of a ladybug in the larva stage and realize that I had come pretty close to squishing future ladybugs. It's a good thing I waited because I will have more ladybugs visiting the garden soon. Check out Wikipedia for more photos and information on ladybugs.