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Lady Bug, Lady Bird, or Lady Beetle
Whatever You Call Them, They Are Beneficial Insects

Ladybugs eat aphids and are especially of interest to gardeners who plant milkweed. The bad news is that they don't do a fantastic job of ridding a garden of aphids. Butterfly gardeners are expecially intersted in lady bugs to rid their gardens of yellow milkweed aphids. Lady bugs are fantastic little creatures and fun to find in a garden while they quietly earn their keep by eating aphids, one by one.
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Ladybug with
a droplet
of rain
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Ladybug eggs


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A ladybug nymph
is small

An adult ladybug lays her eggs near a food source; aphids. The nymphs hatch, resembling small alligators. Ladybug nymphs are black and orange. Eating aphids, nymphs are friends of gardeners. As nymphs grow, they must molt, the same as caterpillars.
ladybug beetle bird nymph molting
A ladybug nymph
starts to molt

ladybug beetle bird nymph molting
The nymph
continues to climb
out of its old skin
lady bug beetle bird nymph eating an aphid
A nymph
eats a
milkweed aphid
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Lady bug pupa

lady bug beetle bird eats a yellow milkweed oleander aphid


lady bug beetle bird eats a yellow milkweed oleander aphid


The nymph changes into a pupa. From the pupa, the adult lady bug emerges. Adult ladybugs eat aphids of all kinds. Yellow milkweed aphids are the same as yellow oleander aphids. These ladybugs are eating milkweed/oleander aphids on milkweed.
lady bug beetle bird eats a yellow milkweed oleander aphid



two lady bug beetle bird fight over an aphid to eat
Two ladybugs
fight over an aphid


Milkweed aphids
are the same as
oleander aphids
Watch a closeup video of a ladybug eating a yellow milkweed aphid.