Were you to find this on one of your vegetable or ornamental plants would you know what it is? Would you squish it or, even worse, spray it with an insecticide under the belief that all bugs are bad?
You’d be making a mistake.
This is not a bug. It’s a ladybug pupa.
It’s really wise to know a bit about supposed enemies before going on a seek and destroy mission. Destroying this pupa would kill a future insect-eating machine.
Ladybugs, also known as ladybug beetles or ladybird beetles, go about their lives feasting on aphids, mealybugs, scale, fly larva and insect eggs. Isn’t this a creature you want in your gardens?
Watch this video to witness the stages of a ladybug’s life. Warning: it contains ladybug sex!