Random Insect: Multicolored Asian lady beetle

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Multicolored Asian lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Harmonia axyridis) photographed 02/28/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

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.

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Multicolored Asian lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Harmonia axyridis) photographed 02/28/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

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.

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Multicolored Asian lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Harmonia axyridis) photographed 02/28/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

After the nutritional jump start, I left this beetle to wander off and find its way back outside in its own good time.

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About Jeremy Sell

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2 Responses to Random Insect: Multicolored Asian lady beetle

  1. Mike Powell says:

    Feeding a ladybug? I love it!

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  2. Deborah Goodsite says:

    Hi Jeremy, We spoke a while ago about a photo we will be using in a text book. Could you email me your best contact info (email address and phone) so that the publisher can send you a PO for the Indiana dunes photo? I can’t for the life of me find the phone number and I am not sure the email I have is best… Thanks so much! Debbie Goodsite (please send info to picturesleuth@mindspring.com).

    Also– regarding this blog post: I love that you are feeding the ladybug! We have many who winter in our home in NJ and there is an ornamental plum tree outside our house that is amazing… I noticed it had aphids all over it and then I saw it also had ladybugs of all states (eggs, larval adults) ALL over the tree as well… The leaves were completely cleared of aphids within a couple of days.

    We look forward each year to this amazing event. Daughter refers to it as “The Ladybug Tree”….

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