Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetle
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A good bug with some bad habits
The multi-colored Asian lady beetle is a native of Asia, and like many exotic species, has readily adapted to climates and habitats in the U.S. As with most lady beetles, it is a highly beneficial predator of insect pests, especially aphids. Asian lady beetles can create trouble when large numbers enter buildings or feed on late season fruit crops.
Since lady beetles are a significant natural defense against aphids and other pests, it is important to correctly identify the Asian lady beetle and use restraint with pesticides or other management tactics. The website contains information to help you distinguish the Asian lady beetle from other lady beetles and give advice for management in homes and fruit crops.
Photo credit: Doug Landis, MSU Entomology