by Jacki
(Grand Forks, B.C. Canada)

Adult ladybug on a badly infested lupin

Adult ladybug on a badly infested lupin

Ladybugs, or Ladybird beetles as they are sometimes known are one of the most easily recognized garden ally.

The adult beetle is a voracious predator in its own right, but watch out for its young! These odd looking greyish larvae are quick to move around, and look (and act) just like a tiny alligator.

They are one of the first predators to move in on a highly aphid infested plant. I usually leave at least some aphid covered plants just to attract them into the garden. Resist the urge to spray deadly chemicals and you'll be treated to the site of these industrious little beetles taking care of your infestations for you.

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