Found this guy in our garden, sadly not 3 paces from a beautiful, large ash tree beside our house. There is a magnificent monarch ash tree on the other side of our place. Not a good discovery.
I think this is 1 animal. Venwu225 suggests that it's a larva feeding (or trying to feed) on a pupa, but the other possibility is that it's a pupa with the empty larval skin still attached, which is supposed to be common. This is 2 different angles -- the left panel shows the larva well, & the right shows the base of the pupa, which is attached to the leaf.
This ladybug seemed like it might be doing some sort of display behavior. It kept spreading its wings several times, then refolding them.