I found this insect inside of my shoe. It is approximately 1cm in length and less than half a centimetre wide. It was found in the Netherlands, in the province Gelderland.

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What kind of insect is that?


As @fileunderwater suggested: the question is "close" but not identical. I think that the suggested duplicate will only provide an identification of the family of the insect, but nothing more precise and specific. Therefore, the answers for the 2 questions vary.

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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of What insect is this? (Black body two orange lines in its back and six legs) $\endgroup$
    – rg255
    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:57
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    $\begingroup$ @rg255 Its probably reasonable to close this as duplicate, but strictly speaking these are probably two different species (I'm not into Coccinellidae larvae). So a more general question is to what extent we should close questions as duplicates if they are "close" but not identical (for species-id Qs, similar at what taxonomic level)? Here, the proposed duplicate will provide a family id, but that is all. So comparing to mammals, equal to answering "this is a deer" to a species-id Q with a picture of an Moose. $\endgroup$ Sep 26, 2016 at 9:20

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It is the larva of Harmonia axyridis (Asian lady beetle).


The image posted by timbernasley is more accurate because the larva you have shown is in its late instar ,a stage not an early as this one.

Image2 Here's the link: Wikipedia

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    $\begingroup$ Note that this is not the same as what is commonly called the "Lady Bug" in North America. $\endgroup$
    – Moshe Katz
    Sep 12, 2016 at 16:29
  • $\begingroup$ As we should all hopefully know, lady bugs/birds/beetles are a beneficial species, so try not to kill any larvae you see. However, do be aware that larvae have been known to bite, so take care in relocating it. $\endgroup$
    – n_b
    Sep 12, 2016 at 22:40
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    $\begingroup$ @n_b although this is the Harlequin ladybird larvae which is a very aggressive invasive species currently wiping out the native population of the UK $\endgroup$
    – Ilythya
    Sep 13, 2016 at 10:09
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    $\begingroup$ @n_b No, this one is Harmonia, kill it on sight. $\endgroup$ Sep 13, 2016 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Ilythya & Vladimir I stand corrected. I didn't know it was an invasive species. Kill these. $\endgroup$
    – n_b
    Sep 13, 2016 at 16:58

This is a ladybug larva: google image search

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