These are on my perennial sunflowers( heliopsis?) lemon queen. Do I pick and dunk or leave them be? thanks ! Lovepat
CLOSED: Friend or foe?
Definitely a friend - Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spotted ladybird beetle:
Note: Your second image is of the pupa stage of this beetle - an adult beetle eventually will emerge from it.
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So are they beneficial? Have a bunch both larvae and pupa. Thanks!
Yes - One beetle reportedly can eat up to 5000 aphids during its lifetime.
Maybe I should move some of them onto my milkweed ( which do not have aphids yet either, but always get them later in the season.
They will eat other small, soft-bodied insects besides aphids, such as small caterpillars.