Cannibalism

Ladybugs indulge in cannibalism. Both adults and larvae will resort to eating conspecifics and sometimes other species, particularly when other food is scarce. The most vulnerable individuals are those that either are immobile (eggs, ecdyzing larvae, prepupae, pupae) or have a soft exoskeleton (recently ecdyzed larvae, newly formed pupae, newly emerged adults). Aphidophagous species tend to be more prone to cannibalism than those with other diets, largely because of the ephemeral nature of their prey and because they are more prone to large fluctuations in population density.

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