Insect and Bug ID forum: Brachiacantha ursina?

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Chillybean
Jul 26, 2015 2:02 PM CST
Is this an Orange-spotted Ladybeetle?
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I tried getting a better angle, but the insect got away from me. Size... It was small, maybe 1/4 inch at most.
I want to make sure of the ID before putting it on my "Friendly Native Insect" list. Smiling

Thank you for your help.

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JRsbugs
Jul 27, 2015 3:39 AM CST
It certainly looks like it, although there are look-alikes. Lady beetles are useful as they devour aphids and other bugs, with some species even devouring other Lady beetle larvae.

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Jul 27, 2015 9:21 AM CST
Thank you for the reply.

We appreciate the native varieties here for that reason, but the Asian variety gets the squish. After a big infestation of the Asian lady beetles shortly after we moved here, it was the one and only time we hired an exterminator. In following years, we just manually deal with them and now we are seeing native species we never noticed before.

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