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A welcome friend to the garden: Ladybugs have arrived to my garden to help eat the aphids.
submitted 4 months ago by In-the-clouds from john1126.com
[–]Musky 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun - 4 months ago (3 children)
I believe that is an Asian Lady Beetle, they're not bad, but they can bite unlike regular lady bugs.
[–]In-the-clouds[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun - 4 months ago (2 children)
Maybe you are right. I don't know how to tell the difference. But I'm glad they both eat aphids, because that is why I want these bugs in my garden.
[–]Musky 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun - 4 months ago (1 child)
The Asian Lady Beetles have different markings. If you look at some pictures side by side they stand out when you know what to look for. They also grow bigger. I haven't seen a regular lady bug in forever, it's all these asian ones now.
[–]In-the-clouds[S] 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
The beetle in my garden has the M on its face.... so you are right! I have Asian lady beetles! I did not know that the ladybug has been largely replaced by a look-alike species, so thanks for telling me about them. I have only seen two or three so far this year on my garden plants. This guy saw many more in one place:
Asian Lady Beetles everywhere!