Please ID critter on my apple tree

toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)May 21, 2013

This year my apple tree seems to finally be setting a decent amount of fruit and wouldn't you know it a ton of these little buggers are on it.

What are they? It seems they are doing some foliage damage. Think its important I spray some insecticide if I expect to eat any home grown apples?

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

NO!!! Ladybug larvae! You're very fortunate to have them, they eat tons and tons and TONS of aphids. They only eat bugs, not foliage. Just let Mother Nature do its thing :-)

Patty S.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 12:15AM
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Those are good guys,Ladybird beetle(Ladybug) larva.They might be going after Aphids or other insects that are eating the leaves. Brady

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 12:18AM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Lol and thank you!

Perhaps this is to be a good year for ladybugs.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 9:40AM
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It is good to know what the ladybug larvae look like. I have a ton of lady bugs so I try not to spray anything unless I have to. They seem to do a good job of keeping things clear. The only tree I had to spray this year was a small pecan tree becuase I had some bugs that were stripping the leaves off it.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 10:44AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

It's funny how something that looks so malevolent can be so beneficial.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 2:12PM
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They always remind me of little Gila Monsters.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 10:54PM
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