Ladybird beetles, fungus feeding beetles, coccinellids
Circular to oval beetles. Predacious ladybugs range from red to orange to black with spots. Fungus feeding beetles are very small with mottled black and cream colors much like a Holstein cow.
Ladybug larvae look like tiny alligators with six legs. Many times they are colored with black or dark purple and white/ yellow or orange stripes.
Predacious ladybugs are on the lookout and ready to apprehend any soft-bodied insect or egg that can fit into their mouths. Both adults and immature ladybugs have aphids, scales, adelgids, insect eggs, spider mites, and small caterpillars on their caseload. These beetles are sharp-shooting aphid feeders; in a lifetime, one may take care of more than a thousand aphids! Fungus feeding ladybugs are also helpful, ransacking powdery mildew hangouts.
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