UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Monthly Tip

Lady Beetle Larva

Tip description

Sevenspotted lady beetle larva eating an aphidWe all know that lady beetles are good for the garden. Make sure you can recognize the larval stage, which resembles tiny alligators, because this life stage eats even more aphids than the adult form. Before spraying pesticides, remember that a low population of aphids can attract more lady beetles, and potentially keep the pest population below a damaging threshold. Read more about Lady Beetles in the UC Pest Note on Convergent Lady Beetles.

Months applicable
  • May
  • 1. To-do

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