Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Jaffa's garden - year one
by Jaffa55 Yesterday at 11:44 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by Turan Yesterday at 10:44 pm

» New England April 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:38 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in April 2017?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:31 pm

» Volunteer Lettuce?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:28 pm

» Pallet Wacking
by yolos Yesterday at 9:26 pm

» Geezer's 17
by Turan Yesterday at 9:17 pm

» to solarize, or not...I'm torn
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Yesterday at 8:28 pm

» April 2015: What to plant in No. California/Central Valley area
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Yesterday at 8:22 pm

» Old roots
by rocky51 Yesterday at 7:59 pm

» Worm Tube?
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Yesterday at 7:18 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 7:17 pm

» garden ready need better weather
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 7:09 pm

» N & C Midwest: April 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 5:58 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Yesterday at 5:52 pm

» Mel's Mix shows it is worth its weight in gold
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:10 pm

» An excellent read for those with Diabetes
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 2:33 pm

» Sub Irrigation Planter
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 11:32 am

» Please comment on the plant layout for 2017
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 9:06 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 8:57 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 7:47 am

» EWWWWW.........bugs and stuff...good or not so good?
by recoush 4/23/2017, 8:13 pm

» cucumber beetles
by BeetlesPerSqFt 4/23/2017, 7:48 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals 4/23/2017, 6:06 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by Greenbeard 4/23/2017, 5:09 pm

» First of the Season
by newbeone 4/23/2017, 4:49 pm

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by Turan 4/23/2017, 1:22 pm

» Has anyone tried 13 per square?
by Turan 4/23/2017, 12:04 am

» Get Moving!
by StrongAsMeat 4/22/2017, 10:20 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by StrongAsMeat 4/22/2017, 10:14 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Bad Ladybugs versus Good Ladybugs!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Bad Ladybugs versus Good Ladybugs!

Post  quiltbea on 7/4/2011, 8:37 am

Among the thousands of Ladybugs that are carniverous and eat those pesky little insects that destroy our crops, there are two that are vegetarians.
Yes, those are the two that you want to destroy in your garden.

Mexican Bean Beetle
This little critter loves your beans and legumes crops.
Color is NOT a determination since some of them range from cream to red but the number of spots is the key. Sixteen black spots on their back, 8 on each wing section, is the Mexican Bean Beetle.


Squash Lady Beetle
This little pest loves your squash plant family crops.
Identification is easy once again because they all have fourteen black spots on their backs, seven on each side. Mission: destroy.

If you find any little soft-bodied yellow critters on your leaves with spiny bodies, they are the young larvae of these bugs.

It is wise to always check beneath the leaves of all plants looking for little clusters of eggs. Eggs can be any color for pests, from white to black. You can eradicate easily by mushing/pressing your finger and thumb against them, or in some cases its easier to just remove the leaf and put in a container to go into the trash. Do NOT compost these leaves.

Good Hunting!
avatar
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4629
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 75
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Bad Ladybugs versus Good Ladybugs!

Post  sherryeo on 7/4/2011, 11:23 am

Aaarrrggghhh! No fair - an imposter! affraid LOL. The way I've been telling them apart is that the actual ladybug has a black head - am I right about that? I'd like to be sure. I have only seen one ladybug, or what I credited with being a lady bug - thus far this year in my sfgs.

I searched and found that ladybugs have different numbers of spots, so apparently we can't tell from number of spots if it's a good bug, but knowing how many spots the bad guys have really helps. I also read that an actual good ladybug can have no spots!

Thanks, quiltbea. I love that this forum allows us to continually build our knowledge so that, hopefully, we can become better sfgarderers! Very Happy
avatar
sherryeo

Female Posts : 850
Join date : 2011-04-03
Age : 65
Location : Mississippi Gulf Coast Zone 8B

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bad Ladybugs versus Good Ladybugs!

Post  kygardener on 7/2/2012, 11:50 am

Just found these in my squash. Did not know if good or bad. Thanks for taking the time to post this.

kygardener

Female Posts : 14
Join date : 2010-08-02
Location : northeast ky zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bad Ladybugs versus Good Ladybugs!

Post  Kate888 on 7/2/2012, 12:28 pm

I had no idea there were ladybug imposters. Thanks for sharing!
avatar
Kate888

Female Posts : 168
Join date : 2012-02-11
Age : 52
Location : Demotte, Indiana - zone 5b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bad Ladybugs versus Good Ladybugs!

Post  Pepper on 7/2/2012, 1:03 pm

Here is a link the misses sent me about identifing lady bugs http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/community-science/lost-ladybug-project/identifying-ladybugs
avatar
Pepper

Male Posts : 564
Join date : 2012-03-04
Location : Columbus, Ga

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Bad Ladybugs versus Good Ladybugs!

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum