Ladybeetles: predators of ‪blueberry‬ pests


Several species of ladybeetles are active in blueberry fields. They are generally oval and red to orange with varying numbers of dark spots.

Both adults and larvae are predators, eating aphids and other small insects.

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle, an introduced species, feeds on pests during summer. They may be many colors with several or no spots.

False “eyes” — twin white, football-shaped markings behind the head — show this to be an Asian multicolored lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis. Photo by Scott Bauer, USDA, ARS.

Reference:
Isaacs, Rufus. Beetles. http://www.blueberries.msu.edu/beetles.htm Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Service. 2009. Retrieved 01 July 2010.

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