Ladybird beetles are commonly known as Ladybugs and are among the most beneficial insects in the garden. Ladybug beetles feed on aphids, mealybugs, scale insects, or spider mites. One lady beetle female may eat 2,400 aphids during her life span. Lady Beetles are so popular with gardeners that they can be purchased from garden stores and commercial suppliers to help control garden pests.
Adult ladybird beetles
vary in length from 1.5 to 6.0
mm (1/8 inch to 5/8 inch). They come in a variety
of colors. They may be orange, red, tan, brown, gray, or black and spotted or marked with contrasting colors of red, yellow, black, or white. Ladybird beetles often catch the attention of people because of their habit of forming large aggregations in the fall. Adults
live over the winter in these large aggregations under leaf litter and in other protected areas. Ladybird beetles become active quite early in the spring and remain active until quite late in the fall.