Answer: An aphid lion is a Lacewing larvae, another good guy in the garden. The larvae look more like little alligators, but they have voracious appetities and love to eat aphids. Probably what you are seeing are Lady Beetle larvae. They, too, are shaped like little alligators, usually black with orange stripes. If you watch them on a daily basis, you may be able to see them pull themselves into a short little "almost" ladybugs, and develop outer wing coverings. It's a magical process! Both aphid lions and ladybug larvae are good guys in the garden so just let them continue feasting on aphids!
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