I've been stalking ladybug larvae all over the yard in the hopes of finding pupae. This morning I finally found one - well, an empty case. Check it out:
Coooool. Ok, I know some people are squicked out by this stuff, but *I* love it. So you know I was stoked when I discovered a whole slew of just-vacated and about-to-eclose pupal casings on the side of the porch steps. As I was inspecting them, I realized one of them was moving, and my 6 y/o and I ended up letting our dinners get cold so that we could geek out over the emerging ladybug. He got a bonus: a lesson in some basic principles of photography (pay attention to the lighting on your subject) and a chance to use my newish external switch.
I was abolutely giddy. Like, birth-vibe, kid-on-Christmas, winning-the-lottery giddy. Which is why my husband didn't say a word about my skipping dinner, and happily managed most of bedtime so that I could get shots like these...which I later animated...
Flickr set of lady beetle life cycle pics here.