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Subject: Weird bugs on a bush.
Location: Michigan
June 25, 2017 11:32 am
Never seen these before, really curious as to what they are!
Signature: Thankyou

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Pupa

This is the pupa of a Lady Beetle (AKA Ladybug) and normally that would be a good thing as they are important predators that help to control Aphids.  This however is the Pupa of an Invasive Exotic, Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, a species that is most likely displacing native species as it is so aggressive.  Here is a BugGuide image.   Larvae will prey on other Lady Beetle larvae.  Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles are reported to invade homes in large numbers to hibernate.

A Facebook Comment from Kiki Gee:
The Asian lady beetle has decimated our indigenous 9 spotted lady beetle. If you ever find one dead or alive, Dr. John Losey at Cornell University would like to know. I worked with him, and he has an ongoing study trying to increase their population.

 

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Subject: rose of sharon
Location: Southeastern PA
June 7, 2017 5:42 am
this bug/worm/fuzzy looking thing is all over and around my rose of Sharon bushes, but I can’t tell if it is eating what also appears to be tons of tiny aphids, but they are just small lines vs. round – all over the leaves….not sure if those of the larvae of this, or this is eating those….this bug is less than 3/4″ long and soft bodied vs. beetle-like.
Signature: Eastern PA

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Larva

This is the larva of a Lady Beetle and it is likely feeding on the Aphids that have infested your Rose of Sharon.  Based on this BugGuide image, we are quite confident that this is the larva of the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis, an invasive species that is likely contributing to reduced populations of native Lady Beetles.

Thanks so much. I do not use chemical pesticides or herbicides, but is there anything natural I should/could do to rebalance?
Michele

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Subject: Whats the black and yellow Chevron bug
Location: Santa Monica, CA USA
March 29, 2017 4:17 pm
Ive lived in Los Angeles all my life but suddenly never seen before bugs keep appearing… Orb weavers and this one in particular is what I call a Chevron bug but after a couple years of sitings and visitations I have no luck identifying the creature by myself online and figured I would ask you… Let me know if you know. Is it simple a beetle type or something? Should I fear or maim it in self defense?!
Signature: Lisa Susann Stanton

Lady Beetle Larva

Dear Lisa,
This is the larva of a Lady Beetle.  It is not harmful to people, but it will eat Aphids and other small insects.

Whoaaaaa! Thanks!!!!!!!

Your enthusiasm is refreshing.

I know now Im watching the four stages and thinking wow i love ladybugs and im glad i still loved them before they grew up to be cute and cheerful…larvae are pretty scary. Still they perch on me alot. Glad I could help out the cute ladybugs before they were pretty.

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Subject: Lady bug or mimic?
Location: Honolulu, HI
March 26, 2017 2:40 am
Hi.
My husband found this bug on our cribbage board and, after much reaearch, I can’t figure out what it is. I can’t find a single ladybug/bird that matches the color and spot pattern. I found the Anatis mali matched the spots, but the pattern and color of the pronotum doesn’t match.
Signature: Sierra

Ten Spotted Lady Beetle

Dear Sierra,
We believe we have correctly identified your Ten Spotted Lady Beetle,
Bothrocalvia pupillata, thanks to this posting on BugGuide.  The species is also pictured on iNaturalist and on Lady Beetles of Hawai’i.

 

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Subject: Request for insect identification & control instructions
Location: Alberton, Johannesburg, South Africa
February 9, 2017 7:09 am
Good afternoon Bugman,
We have a very big problem with the insects in the below photos, and the problems keeps escalating very quickly. It is a very big concern, as they are busy taking over our whole yard and they leave their sticky residue on everything.
Can you please have a look at the photos and see if you know what this is, and if possible give me some instructions on how we can get rid of them?
The start out like the larvae on the left of the photo , and then become beetles like the one on the right of the photo.
In the bottom photo you can see a whole lot of them together in their various stages of development.
Signature: Filna Heymans

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Larva and Pupa

Dear Filna,
It is quite interesting to us that you are concerned about the larvae and pupae of these Lady Beetles, but you have not mentioned the winged adults.  We strongly suspect that these are the early stages of the invasive Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles,
Harmonia axyridis, but we had to verify their occurrence in South Africa on iSpot where we discovered the most awesome Clime Lab logo posted by who is “studying the thermal biology of the alien ladybird Harmonia axyridis (harlequin ladybird, multi-coloured Asian lady beetle) in South Africa and their observations will be useful for determining microclimates.”  The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle is a threat to native Lady Beetle species in North America because the invasive species is so prolific, and it will prey on native species.  They get quite numerous and they frequently cause homemakers to fret when they enter homes to hibernate in great numbers as the weather begins to cool  Though we recognize the threat they make to native species, alas, What’s That Bug? does not provide extermination advice.  

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Larvae and Pupae

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Subject: Lady bug invasion?
Location: East Texas woods
January 31, 2017 10:30 am
For a couple of months we have been assaulted by literally MILLIONS of little beetles that resemble lady bugs. They are literally everywhere…outside and inside! These come in a range of colors from deep red through mustard yellow. Some have black spots, some don’t. We live in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Any thoughts? Thank you!!! (Sorry the photo is a bit blurred.)
Signature: Overwhelmed

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles

Dear Overwhelmed,
Though your image is quite blurry, we suspect you have encountered the introduced Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles that are known to hibernate indoors in great numbers.  See BugGuide for examples of the color and pattern diversity exhibited by the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles,
Harmonia axyridis.  Our Better Nature has an interesting article on invasions of Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles.

Dear Daniel — Bull’s Eye!!!  That’s definitely what we’re dealing with!  I so appreciate your help. I’m engaging in the process of searching out and caulking every miniscule seam, crack or nail hole in my siding, though I expect it will not fully resolve this issue. I share the concern expressed in response to another inquiry re: the attack on our native lady beetles and the resultant decrease in genetic diversity. Let’s hear it for introduced species!  (A bit of sarcasm there). At any rate, thanks so much for your response!
Overwhelmed

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