Today I noticed a multicolored Asian lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Harmonia axyridis) on a windowsill in a shed. These insects often seek winter shelter in buildings, and with spring approaching it seemed as if this individual was ready to get back outside.
This particular species was introduced from east Asia as a biological control agent for aphids. Although lady beetles feed predominantly on pest insects, they occasionally enjoy ripe fruit. Since I didn’t have any aphids handy I offered this beetle a morsel of banana, which it seemed to appreciate.
After the nutritional jump start, I left this beetle to wander off and find its way back outside in its own good time.