Looks like ladybug, bug is it?
Ok, this morning I was checking my zuccini plants and saw a couple of round orange backed black headed little things which had black spots on their backs.
However, the spots were not scattered like polka dots. Rather, the row behind the head was comprised of smaller dots the size of beebees and they were definitely in a row, not randomly positioned.
I put one of the little critters in a plastic container and brought it inside thinking to get a photo of it. When I opened the container, it had turned a pale almost tannish color where previously it was a deep orange. Now I cannot find it.
Definitely the size of a ladybug. But I cannot find a picture to verify what it is. Good or bad, it is probably loose on my scheffelera which has scale that I've been trying to eradicate without chemicals. I hope it is a ladybug and it eats every last one of those scaly devils. I'm tired of cleaning the sticky stuff off my house plant, and trying to be natural about killing scale.
So tell me. Should I encourage that little insect? Or is it another pest?