Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ladybugs vs. Mexican Bean Beetles

Spring! Ladybugs are now emerging from their overwintering spot. When warmer temperatures arrive, ladybugs begin to awake and emerge from hibernation. They try to escape the confines of the home, which can be very difficult. The variation in temperatures confuses the ladybug. Sometimes they emerge into the home rather than outside. Once outside, ladybugs will search for food and begin to mate.

They are avid aphid eaters and also will eat the eggs of other insects. Don't get them confused with the Mexican Bean Beetle (Epilachna varivestis) and the Squash Beetle (Epilachna borealis), which are not beneficial insects.

Read more about Ladybug benefits.
See the difference between Ladybugs and Mexican Bean and Squash Beetles.

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