black bugs with white spots, look like small ladybugs

growing_in_burbankJuly 9, 2009

I found these bugs on my tomatoes today, the link is provided below to a picture I took.

Does anyone have any idea what they are? They look exactly like tiny lady bugs, and are mostly on the tomatoes themselves. No damage yet but I just saw them and want to act quickly if they are bad.


Here is a link that might be useful:

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I saw your post earlier and did a quick google search on "black ladybugs". I hope someone with much more experience will respond. But just from my search, black ladybugs are similar to what is familiar to us as ladybugs. They prey on other "pests", so are beneficial. There are black lady bugs and the familiar red/orange ones, and there are grey ones too from what I found. So don't act yet until you hear from the more experienced people. You may want to keep these "guests" around.



    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 10:03PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Not lady beetles. Instead, recently hatched true bugs. The youngster are often a different color combo that the adults. Generally not good.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2009 at 12:46AM
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I have the same bugs on my pepper plants and need to know if they are ggod bugs or bad bugs! Any help will be much appreciated!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2009 at 7:35PM
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Check this link. Looks like they could be black aphids.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2009 at 8:08PM
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