|Unidentified Flying Insect on my bok choy|
I thought maybe they were ladybug larvae in transition to full ladybugs, since they weren't moving around much and I'd seen larvae nearby. However, a week or two passed with no noticeable change in the appearance of these pretty insects, so now I'm thinking they might be something else.
|Notice the white stripes on the side|
They weren't present on the bok choy when it was green; only after it had gone to seed and was beginning to dry out. By that time the plant had attracted tons of aphids, which I didn't care about since I was no longer harvesting leaves from it. Ladybugs love aphids, so that's another reason I'm assuming these are some kind of ladybug or relative.
|Bug has both orange and white spots on its back|
I know ladybugs can come in stripes, solids, varying numbers of dots, etc. and a Google search turned up charts filled with drawings of lots of different types, but nothing looked even close to the pattern on these guys (or dolls). I'm assuming they are good and so haven't disturbed them, but I suppose it's possible they're pests.
|Hanging off the end of a bok choy seed pod|
Any insect experts out there who know what this is? Any amateurs who want to take a guess? It's buggin' me not knowing.
UPDATE: Mystery solved!