ARS is interested in the pink spotted lady beetle
because of its potential for use in biocontrol programs.
Unlike many species in the family Coccinellidae, the lady beetle
Coleomegilla maculata (DeGeer) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) is a generalist predator, described as "perhaps the most euryphagous coccinellid known" (Hodek 1973).
Cold hardiness of the multicolored Asian lady beetle
At certain times of the year, the multicolored Asian lady beetle
, Harmonia axyridis, comes inside--sometimes in large swarms--to escape the cold.
Alternative foods for the multicoloured Asian lady beetle
Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).
This lady beetle
is unusual because a large portion of its California population migrates to the mountain ranges when aphid populations in the Central Valley drop in summer.
The 5 lady beetle
species (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) included the convergent lady beetle
, Hippodamia convergens Guerin-Meneville, the pink spotted lady beetle
, Coleomegilla maculata (De Geer), the multicolored Asian lady beetle
, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), the seven-spotted lady beetle
, Coccinella septempunctata L.
A lady beetle
that feeds voraciously on the sweet-potato whitefly.
Predation's first product, the Pink Spotted Lady Beetle
, will be available commercially by Spring 1998.
citri nymphs, such as the Asian lady beetle
, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), and the lady beetle
, Cyclonedasanguinea (L.
Category Common Name Insect pests fig whitefly whitefly weeping ficus thrip Natural Enemies parasitoid multicolored Asian lady beetle
metallic blue lady beetle
green lacewing entomopathogenic fungi entomopathogenic fungi entomopathogenic fungi filamentous fungi green mold Category observations Insect pests feeding on leaves feeding on leaves in leaf fold galls Natural Enemies parasitized fig whitefly nymphs adults roaming on leaves adults roaming on leaves eggs and larvae on a leaves leaf surface and on fig whitefly leaf surface and on fig whitefly leaf surface and on fig whitefly leaf surface and on fig whitefly leaf surface and on fig whitefly * All appeared to be E.
From spring to early fall, the Asian multicolored lady beetle
, Harmonia axyridis, helps farmers by gobbling pests such as aphids, greenbugs, and other insects that damage crops.