Lady Beetles on hot peppers?

JameikaJuly 16, 2013

At first I didn't believe it. I've been enjoying having the aphid eaters around the garden and the aphids have been taken care of, but it looks like they're eating my jalapenos and some other kind of hot peppers. I'm pretty sure these are Asian lady beetles, but I could be misidentifying them. They really do a number on my peppers. Has anyone seen this before?

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Jameika

Here is another photo of the little monster's friend.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 10:08PM
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Jameika

those photos I posted aren't so clear, so here's a better one

Am I misidentifying this?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 10:11PM
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robeb_gw

Ladybugs won't eat your pepper pods. You have something else munching away on those.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 10:38PM
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woohooman

Agreed.

Looks rather large for a lady beetle. There are many "pests" that resemble ladybugs. But to the trained eye, can be identified. If you don't get an answer here, try the pests and diseases forum. See if you can get a better pic also.

Kevin

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 11:47PM
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smokemaster_2007

Not Ladybug damage.
Grasshoppers and other critters do that.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 3:16AM
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habjolokia

Looks like a variety of leaf beetle, they would cause damage like that.

Mark

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 7:37AM
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mctiggs(2b (WPG, MB))

Ladybugs/beetles have spindly little legs, the second picture does not look like classic ladybug legs and underside. They also have a certain "face", but that's tough to see from the pics. I'd wager you have an imposter.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 11:57AM
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