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
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 Susana Clusella 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.