as I was mowing my lawn spotted a weed (burclover), which
automatically pulled up. Attached to its stem was the pupa of a
ladybug beetle (a.k.a. ladybird beetle, lady
beetle). Not knowing what kind of ladybug it was, I put it in a
small plastic box and kept it on my desk.
week later the adult emerged. Then I could look it up in my
insect books, and found that it was a seven spotted ladybug. In
this case the number and arrangement of spots is specific to this
species. Also in this picture is the remains of the pupa case.