Orange aphids? - Knowledgebase Question

Clyde, CA (Zone 8B)
Question by shannon85
May 3, 2006
Are the orange (tiny) bugs with black spikes on their back aphids, that are all over the new growth on the oleander? I am not sure and a friend that they might be lady bug I kill them off or not?

Answer from NGA
May 3, 2006


If they are orange and flat black, alligator shaped with little spikes on their backs they are ladybug larvae. Don't kill them - but watch them carefully and you may be lucky enough to watch their transformation into adult ladybugs. It's an amazing sight!

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