Subject: Mating Lady Beetles
Geographic location of the bug: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Late in the afternoon, after work, Daniel decided to do some weeding in the garden. The annual wildflowers, including fiesta flowers, lupines and California poppies are blooming and other wildflower seeds are sprouted. Around dusk (slow shutter speed resulted in blurry image), Daniel noticed what he believes are Convergent Lady Beetles mating. It is very exciting to see a native Lady Beetle in the garden as opposed to the invasive Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles that are displacing native species in many places in North America. The Natural History of Orange County has some excellent images of Convergent Lady Beetles, and BugGuide states they feed on: “Aphids, also whiteflies and other soft bodied insects.”
We got trolled on Facebook by Toni Merida: How can anyone who knows that much about gardening not know what a ladybug is?
The answer to Toni’s question is that while our editorial staff knew that these were Lady Beetles, we were uncertain of the species and we wanted to substantiate the species since we tend to see invasive Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles in our garden, and that larger, more aggressive species is contributing to the decline of many native species of Lady Beetles.