||Red, orange, yellow, brown or shiny black in color usually with various markings including dark spots
||Broadly oval to nearly round
||1/31 – 3/8” (0.8 - 10 mm)
Ladybugs are also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles.
Most species of this beetle family are highly beneficial insects,
but some have a habit of overwintering in structures, leading them
to become nuisance pests. Ladybugs are found worldwide with about
475 species located in the Unites States and Canada.
Many ladybug species are considered important beneficial insects
because they voraciously consume plant-eating insects, such as
aphids, mealybugs, mites, and scale insects, which harm crops and
plants in gardens. However, a few ladybugs are destructive and feed
on plants, such as the Mexican bean beetle and the squash
During the spring and summer months, ladybug populations
typically grow because the seasons favor tender foliage and aphid
infestations. In the autumn, adults seek protected places to
overwinter including under leaves, rocks and landscape timbers.
Other ladybug species are known to inhabit structures such as
buildings and homes.
Most ladybug species do not pose a health threat to humans.
However, the multi-colored Asian lady beetle is known to aggravate
asthma and cause allergic reactions in some people, a strong reason
for ladybug pest control. In addition, they exude a viscous yellow,
foul-smelling defensive fluid that may stain whatever it