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Ladybird Beetles or Ladybugs

When you ask a person to name a beneficial insect, the ladybug always come to mind. There are about 5,000 different species of ladybugs or lady beetles throughout the world, over 450 species found here in North America. Most being voracious predators as both adults and larvae.

Description-Lady beetles are usually red or orange with black markings. Some lady beetles are black, often with red markings. They have alligator-like larvae.

Host Pests-Lady beetles feed on a variety of insects.  The feed on aphids, soft scale, butterfly eggs, small caterpillars, mites, thrips, and other small insects, as well as pollen and nectar. 

Pink Spotted Ladybird Beetle

Coleomegilla maculata

 

Multicolored Asian Ladyird Beetle

Harmonia axyridis

 

Fourteen spotted Ladybird Beetle

Propyleae quatuordecimpunctata

Convergent Ladybird Beetle

 Hippodamia convergens

Sevenspotted Ladybird Beetle

Coccinella septempunctata

The two-spotted Ladybird Beetle

Adalia bipunctata

Twice Stabbed Ladybird Beetle

Chilocorus stigma

Mealybug Destroyer

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri

The Spider Mite Destroyer

Stethorus punctillum

 

Ladybug Links to ID Keys

Ladybird / Ladybird Beetle Research Papers

  • Natural enemies of the convergent lady beetle, Hippodamia convergens Gue´rin-Me´neville: Their inadvertent importation and potential significance for augmentative biological control S. Bjørnson Department of Biology, Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 3C3 Abstract

  • Effects of an unidentified microsporidium on the convergent lady beetle, Hippodamia convergens Guérin-Méneville (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), used for biological control. P. Joudreya and S. Bjørnson. Department of Biology, Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 3C3 Abstract

Ladybug Links

 

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