Identifying Ladybugs

Ladybug controlThere are about 5,000 species of ladybugs worldwide. Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles, are beneficial insects. Gardeners want to see them since they are predators to nasty pests that are harmful to plants, such as spider mites and aphids.

While they are usually considered beneficial, problems can occur when they try to enter our homes in the fall with the intention of waiting for the cold weather to pass. That’s why it’s good to understand ladybug control as well as about identifying ladybugs.

Ladybug Identification

Different species of ladybugs can be found throughout the United States. All insects in the order Coleoptera have two pairs of wings, but not all ladybugs are red and black. Here are the most common species that like to hang out in and around your garden.

  • The nine-spotted ladybug is the most common species of this order. They are easy to recognize because they have four black spots on each wing and spot in the middle to make nine.
  • Multicolored Asian lady beetles are common throughout the United States. They’re about 7mm long and as their name indicates they occur in a variety of colors ranging from yellow to red to orange and having a varying number of spots. They’re very common on the East coast and are becoming more popular in the West. Their bodies are rounded and large, which makes them easy to recognize.
  • The seven-spotted ladybug is closely related to the nine-spot ladybug. They always have three spots on shell-like front wings and one in the middle.
  • The parenthesis ladybug has marking instead of spots. These markings look like punctuation marks, so it’s not easily confused with the nine-spot ladybug.
  • The twice-stabbed ladybug has markings of opposite colors. Markings are red instead of black, and its entire body is black, making this ladybug easy to identify.
  • No-spotted ladybugs are ladybugs without spots. There are two kinds of this species. They only way to recognize them is by a shield that’s covering the area between the wings and the head. If the white markings do not fully enclose a circle, then it’s Cycloneda polita, and if it’s forming a full circle it’s C. sanguinea.

Recommended Ladybug Control Measures

Ladybugs prefer to cluster on the sides of your home and they can find their way into your home through small cracks and crevices. They are usually seeking a suitable place to spend the winter. Once they’re inside a building they hibernate until the first warm day of the year. The best way to get rid of ladybugs is to prevent them from getting into your home to begin with. So, check all possible entrances and seal them appropriately.

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