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Is That A Ladybug?!

Bluebonnets are popping up along the highway and all the trees now have specs of green budding out, Spring has officially arrived in Austin! We have all been busy planting tomatoes, putting away frost cloth and freshening up beds with compost to begin the season. Along with the usual spring chores, it’s also time for bug populations to start their life cycles. Some make us really excited to see while others require immediate attention when spotted.

One of my favorite beneficial bugs is the ladybug! Sometimes, look-alikes make it hard to identify so we’ve developed this quick guide to easily spot if you have a friend or foe visiting your garden. The quickest readily available solution for taking care of any pests is to grab a very soapy bucket or bowl of water and a pair of rubber gloves, grab the bug and place it in the bucket. Try not to get too much soap on your plants and wash them off when you’re finished if anything does come into contact with them.

Name: Ladybug or Ladybird

Beneficial Garden Predator

Colors: dark red to orange, with and without black spots
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Name: Pink Spotted Lady Beetle

Beneficial Garden Predator

Colors: pink, to slight orange, or dark red
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Name: Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Agricultural PEST

Colors: yellow to green, has a red head with yellow spots before maturing
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Name: Asian Ladybug

Danger! Bite Can Cause Infection

Beneficial Garden Predator

Colors: to ID look for white M shape on top of the head and larger white spots of cheeks compared to American Ladybug
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