What has happened to Bug of the Week? Where has it been? This summer and fall it has been excessively hot and dry. The heat and lack of water has been hard on the trees, hard on the insects, just plain hard.
This week, however, there’s been a break in the weather.
Convergent lady beetle at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
It’s great to be back.
Have you found any insects where you live this week?
Even though people usually can identify an adult lady beetle, not as many people recognize lady beetle larvae. The larvae are impactful, however, because they eat way more aphids than the adults do. Plus, if they survive, they become an adult.
The bottom line is that taking time to identify insects in all their stages and forms is important.