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Polka-Dotted Insects: Here They Come

Ladybug

Ladybugs are easy to "spot." As soon as the weather warms and those dratted plant-sucking aphids emerge, here come the polka-dotted ladybugs. The prey and the predator. The pest and the beneficial insect. The bad and the good. Actually, many folks have...

Ladybug
Ladybug

LADYBUG searching for aphids on a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Safe Ride
Safe Ride

SAFEST PLACE for an aphid is on the back of a ladybug. This photo, taken April 18, 2009, shows a ladybug searching for aphids while a hitchhikes struggles to stay on her back. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Tags: aphids (36), Coccinellidae (7), lady beetles (38), ladybugs (42), Steve Heydon (42)

Luck Be a Lady

Ladybug pupa on sage

Ladybugs love our Russian sage. Ladybugs, aka ladybird beetles, eat aphids, which are pests in the garden. The ladybugs are welcome. The aphids are not. Belonging to the family Coccinellidae, ladybugs look resplendent in their bright red or orange wing...

Ladybug pupa on sage
Ladybug pupa on sage

An immature ladybug on sage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pupa shedding skin
Pupa shedding skin

One more step toward becoming a mature ladybug. A pupa sheds its skin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mature ladybug
Mature ladybug

A mature ladybug on a Russian sage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 5:45 PM

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