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Can Lady Beetle Larvae Eat Aphids?

Close-up of a lady beetle larva eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can the larvae of lady beetles (aka ladybugs) eat aphids? Yes, they can.  And yes, they do. We spotted some lady beetle larvae on our yellow roses today and guess what they were doing? Right, eating aphids. Eating lots of aphids. The larvae look...

Close-up of a lady beetle larva eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a lady beetle larva eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a lady beetle larva eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From a distance, you can see the ladybug larva and a lot of aphids on this yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
From a distance, you can see the ladybug larva and a lot of aphids on this yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From a distance, you can see the ladybug larva and a lot of aphids on this yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A multicolored Asian lady beetle prowls a yellow rose bush in search of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A multicolored Asian lady beetle prowls a yellow rose bush in search of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A multicolored Asian lady beetle prowls a yellow rose bush in search of aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle lays her tiny eggs in clusters beneath a leaf. These are probably the eggs of a multicolored Asian lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The lady beetle lays her tiny eggs in clusters beneath a leaf. These are probably the eggs of a multicolored Asian lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle lays her tiny eggs in clusters beneath a leaf. These are probably the eggs of a multicolored Asian lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Aw, Nuts!

Larvae Inside Walnut

Walnuts are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, right? Right. And sometimes a little protein. Protein, as in larvae. That's not a welcome sight. Sometimes you'll find two or three navel orangeworm (NOW) larvae inside a single walnut,...

Larvae Inside Walnut
Larvae Inside Walnut

LARVAE INSIDE WALNUT--This fallen walnut contained three larvae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In a Nutshell
In a Nutshell

IN A NUTSHELL!--Close-up of larva inside a walnut. You can tell if it's a navel orangeworm (NOW) if it has a crescent-shaped marking on the sides of the second segment behind the head, says UC Davis entomologist Frank Zalom. Often, with NOW, there are two or more larvae inside a single nut. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Tags: larvae (2), navel orangeworm (1), walnuts (1)
 
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