Lady bugs eating plant leaves?

jwalter007(8)July 12, 2014

I have heard that lady bugs are benifical to gardens. I have many in my garden, but they seem to be eating the leaves. I noticed that everywhere theres a ladybug there is also an eaten patch non the leaf.I figured there might be a bug that the ladybug was eating but I found none.
Could it be microscopic or could the lady bug be eating the leaf?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Is it possible to take pictures of the insect and allow us to see?

To answer your question, ladybugs don't eat leaves and there is nothing microscopic that can do that kind of damage.

Could you be misidentifying this insect? What plants are they on?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 3:31PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Most Lady Beetles, aka Lady Bugs, are beneficial but there are two that are not and can be quite destructive. The Mexican Bean Beetle and the Squash Lady Beetle look somewhat similar to the other members of this family and are sometimes mistaken for the beneficial ones.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bad Lady Beetles

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:23AM
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jwalter007(8)

Great..I bet my guys are the lady bug imposter. Ill attach some pics. The worst part is my neighbor had them in her garden & was throwing away leaves & I took a bunch from her saying people actually buy lady bugs to spread into your garden....I have a lot to learn.
I have included a weird yellow bug that I found as well.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:22AM
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jwalter007(8)

...here's the yellow bug

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:23AM
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jwalter007(8)

In searching google images for Mexican Bean Beetle and the Squash Lady Beetle, although they look just like lady beetles, I would assume I have the others. I guess Ill go squash them.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 10:44AM
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jwalter007(8)

In searching google images for Mexican Bean Beetle and the Squash Lady Beetle, although they look just like lady beetles, I would assume I have the others. I guess Ill go squash them.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 11:10AM
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lkzz(7b)

Yes, those re the bad varieties. Squish or drop in some water. They are fairly easy to control by hand...I have been dealing with them for several weeks.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 12:30PM
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jwalter007(8)

...so much to learn about organic gardening.
thanks

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 4:17PM
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jwalter007(8)

...so much to learn about organic gardening.
thanks

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:33PM
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planterjeff(7b Grant Park Atlanta)

Easy way to tell the difference between a squash beetle and a lady bug is the head. The head of a lady bug is black, where as the squash beetles heads are the same as their backs, which is usually that rustish color. I did the same thing, in thinking I had a bunch of lady bugs one year, only to realize it was the darn squash beetle!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 11:12AM
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