It all started when I noticed a Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) on the window. A larva appeared to be emerging from the top of the beetle’s abdomen beneath the elytra.
On this day in Ladybird history 23rd September 1771 the Hambledon Match took place. The use of a 12-inch wide cricket bat caused controversy and led to standardisation.
(The Story of Cricket, 1964)
More and more silk appeared. The ladybird’s head and antennae were always moving towards the larva as though tenderly caressing its charge. When I left it, the larva still hadn’t completely emerged, but it was almost completely wrapped.